MADRID – Spanish healthcare workers praised

Spanish healthcare workers have been given the country’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Concord this year for their efforts in tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Spanish health care workers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients comprise the frontline in the fight against this disease in our country and have demonstrated since the health emergency began, a commendable level of professionalism and commitment,” the Princess of Asturias Award jury wrote in a statement.

As one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries, Spain has registered a total of 239,932 coronavirus cases and 27,127 fatalities.

However, its daily figures are now at minimal levels compared to the hundreds of deaths and thousands of infections recorded at the height of the outbreak between March and April.

By comparison, Spain’s health care workers account for around 50,000 of all coronavirus cases, some 21% of the national total, according to the department of public health emergencies. Around 60 healthcare workers have died from the virus.

In recognition of their efforts, Spaniards have come to their balconies each night at 8pm to offer a round of applause.

“Exposed to a high and aggressive viral load, their unconditional commitment, working long days without, on occasion, adequate access to protective equipment and medical resources, according to professional organisations and unions, represents an exercise in vocation of service and exemplary citizenship,” the statement added.


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