Spain: King Felipe VI addresses the country asking for unity and solidarity

King Felipe VI of Spain addressed the public on Wednesday night, in his first televised message from Madrid since the government declared a state of alarm due to the coronavirus outbreak on 14 March. Felipe VI called for unity among the Spanish people in the midst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak: «Now we must put aside our differences. We must unite around the same objective: to... Еще overcome this serious situation. And we have to do it together; among all of us; with serenity, with confidence, but also with decision and energy». The King also had words of gratitude for the health workers who are facing the emergency throughout the country saying that they have «our greatest admiration and respect, our total support. You are the vanguard of Spain in the fight against this disease, you are our first line of defence». Finally, the monarch ended his speech by sending a message of encouragement to the country by stating that «this virus will not defeat us, on the contrary, it will make us stronger as a society; a society that is more committed, more supportive, more united. A society that stands up to any adversity.» On 14 March, the Spanish government decreed a state of alarm throughout the country to deal with the crisis caused by the coronavirus. So far, authorities have confirmed 13,716 cases of COVID-19. The number of deaths due to the disease totals 558.

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