King Felipe VI: "This virus will not defeat us, it will make us stronger as a society"

King Felipe VI praised the Spanish health system this Wednesday and its professionals and has called on everyone to erase the “differences” to fight coronavirus. “ Each and every one of us is part of the solution ,” said the monarch in a seven-minute speech addressed to the nation.

All public institutions are overturned “, he added in a message to the nation about the” health crisis “that the monarch has defined, is going through Spain in its fight to stop the expansion of the coronavirus.

” We are going to overcome it. This virus will not defeat us it will make us stronger as a society and it will be more united, more supportive and standing against any adversity “, he has settled

This is the second solemn message to the citizens of his reign apart from those he pronounces on the occasion of the Christmas holidays. The first was on October 3, 2017 to respond to the independence challenge in Catalonia.

The king’s words to Spanish citizenship came after having met this afternoon at the Zarzuela Palace with the Prime Minister , Pedro Sánchez and with the members of the Coronavirus Technical Management Committee to analyze the situation of the pandemic in Spain.

At the meeting, which has begun at 5:00 p.m., the latest official data on the situation in Spain have been addressed, where the number of infected has reached almost 14,000 and the number of deceased at 600, and the development of the state of alarm decreed by the Executive last weekend.

The audience hall of the palace has hosted this meeting, developed under the established sanitary and physical distance regulations, with the king, Sánchez and the nine members who make up the Technical Management Committee.

This committee includes the ministers of Health, Salvador Illa; Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska; Defense, Margarita Robles; and Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Luis Ábalos. Also the technical managers of these ministries such as the director of the Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simón; the Chief of the Defense Staff, Miguel Villarroya; the deputy operational director of the National Police, José Ángel González; his counterpart from the Civil Guard, Laurentiño Ceña; and the Secretary General for Transport, María José Rallo.

This Wednesday’s meeting has been the first public activity of the king since the state of alarm was decreed last Sunday, since his official agenda was paralyzed as a result of the health emergency.

But Felipe VI has been in constant contact with Sánchez in recent days, who has informed him of the evolution of COVID-19 and of the measures that the Government was adopting to try to stop the virus, among them the decree of the state of alarm.

Both Don Felipe and Doña Letizia gave negative results in the Covid-19 test that was performed on them last Thursday as a preventive measure after the recent public activities they had carried out, including an act by the queen with the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, and which has been tested positive by COVID-19.

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