Spain’s King Felipe is visiting the front lines in the fight against coronavirus.

The monarch, 52, quietly stepped out on Thursday to see the emergency field hospital at the IFEMA exhibition center in Madrid. The hospital was organized in just two days by the Community of Madrid and the Madrid City Council with the help of the Military Emergency Unit, transforming a complex that usually holds trade fairs into a hospital of 1,396 beds.

Although King Felipe toured facilities that were not occupied by patients, he took precaution against the respiratory virus by wearing a mask over his mouth and nose as well as gloves.

He removed the mask to give a speech thanking everyone involved in the hospital’s quick opening, adding that the place was a source of hope for Spain.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia were tested for coronavirus earlier this month, after the Queen had a meeting with Minister of Equality Irene Montero. The Spanish politician later tested positive for coronavirus, and both she and her partner, Vice President of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda Pablo Iglesias, were quarantined. The couple’s test results both came …read more



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