European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday (25 March) the delivery of protective gloves, masks and overalls secured by the EU for Spanish hospitals in within two weeks. Von der Leyen also said that Spain could be eligible for €11 billion from the bloc’s emergency coronavirus fund and that €20 billion had already been approved to help protect small businesses and the unemployed.
The immediate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Spain’s employment figures, on those who have lost jobs and those who are now unable to work, will be published at the end of the month.
Social Security Minister José Luis Escribá said the government was examining the viability of a basic living wage for those affected by this crisis.
Spanish lawmakers will also vote on a two week extension of the country’s state of alarm that would keep the country’s residents housebound until at least mid-April.