MADRID – Extra stimuli to mitigate impact of coronavirus crisis

In Spain, the government will launch extra stimuli to boost the country’s economy and contribute to mitigating the negative impact of the coronavirus crisis in the most sensitive economic sectors, like tourism, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. On Tuesday (10 March), the government banned all direct flights from Spanish airports to Italy until 25 March.

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Besides, the secretary-general of far-right party VOX, Javier Ortega Smith, tested “COVID-19-positive” on Tuesday, party sources confirmed. The party responded that it was “a mistake” to organise, last weekend a party rally in Vistalegre, in Madrid, which is considered to be the possible source of the infection. EURACTIV’s partner EFE has more.

Spain’s Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, stressed on Tuesday that the government will aim to help ease economic pressure on sensitive sectors such as tourism, and facilitate teleworking and taking care of children and elderly at home. The minister also said he hopes the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Spain’s economy will be “temporary” and that extra stimuli (with their possible negative effect on Spain’s deficit target) won’t have to be maintained on a long-term basis.

Meanwhile, the number of people infected in Madrid (the most affected region in Spain together with the Basque country) rose to 782 on Tuesday (10 March) with 21 new deaths, all of them elderly with previous chronic diseases. The Autonomous Community of Madrid (the capital and a “belt” of other big urban areas with almost seven million inhabitants) will disinfect, as from today (11 March), all buses, trains and subway cars, as a preventive measure, EFE reported.

In other news, thousands of people across the country rushed supermarkets and food shops on Tuesday, fearing food shortages in the coming days due to the coronavirus crisis. (EUROEFE.EURACTIV.es)

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