Sánchez reassures that “Spain has a capable health system” after the first case of coronavirus is detected in La Gomera

Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has also conveyed his confidence in Spain’s national health system after a meeting was held to discuss the recent case.

Pedro Sánchez wanted to reassure the public after confirming the first positive case for coronavirus in La Gomera. One of five German tourists have been diagnosed on the small island.

In a tweet, the Spanish President has assured that “Spain has a strong health system and an alert and detection network with professional experts who work with pace following the recommendations of the WHO”.

Following the evaluation and meeting held about the coronavirus case, Minister of Health, Salvador Illa has also reassured the public of Spain’s capable health system.  He also said that “prevention and alert systems are giving results” and explained that “they are working in coordination with the Autonomous Communities, the European authorities and making decisions based on the criteria of health experts.

Regarding the infected patient, he has been admitted and isolated to a hospital on the island, as reported by the Ministry of Health in a statement.

Reports from a press conference on Saturday morning by Fernando Simón, director of the Emergency Health Coordination Center: The German tourist in question is in a ”suitable” state and is not showing any symptoms of the disease. This indicates that the infection he has suffered has been mild.

The five German tourists were located on Wednesday afternoon once the Canary Islands health centre had been warned by the Ministry of Health that in the Canary Islands there were two people who had been in contact with a patient diagnosed with coronavirus in Germany. This followed with activation of a protocol to locate and confine said individuals.

This Friday, at 22:00 the results of the analyses that were sent to the Carlos III Health Institute had confirmed a case of coronavirus, the first detected in Spain.

All five tourists will continue to be confined to the hospital of La Gomera after the positive detection of the virus and will be subjected to treatments and protective measures as indicated by protocol.

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