By Alex Glenn • 15 July 2021 • 11:13
Spain pays tribute to coronavirus victims Credit: YouTube screenshot
Spain pays tribute to coronavirus victims in an event presided over by King Felipe VI, who was accompanied by Queen Letizia.
The commemorative event focused on paying tribute to health workers who have lost their lives during ongoing pandemic and the elderly who were the first to be vaccinated.
This is the second commemorative event to pay tribute to coronavirus victims. The event took place on Thursday, July 15, at the Plaza de la Armeria of the Royal Palace.
The event was organised by Moncloa, and was planned to resemble the first tribute event which was held last year at the same location. Spain has honoured those who have lost their lives during the ongoing pandemic.
So far during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Spain over 4 million people have been infected. The number of healthcare professionals hit by the virus is staggering too. It is believed that over 100,000 healthcare professionals have lost their lives due to the deadly virus. The entire health service has worked constantly to save lives and fight against pandemic. The event was attended by many relatives of healthcare workers who have died. It is hoped that they will feel the gratitude of the entirety of Spain.
During the tribute event the king was expected to present 120 Grand Cross of Civil Merit awards. These merits were awarded by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday to 120 health workers who have been claimed by the virus. The King planned to present four of these medals in public to relatives of the health workers and the rest later at the Palace.
Around 700 people attended the event including most of the state authorities. The Spanish government was expected to attend in full apart from head of the Interior Ministry, Fernando Grande Marlaska who was unable to attend as he was meeting with the EU Council of Interior Ministers.
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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