One day the greying blond-and-blue-eyed Director and Spokesperson of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies disappeared from the TV screens. He had tested positive for the coronavirus. People didn’t know whether to laugh at the irony of it or to conclude that he’s a smooth-talking tele- evangelist you’d better not pay too much attention to, much less trust.
Spain has finally learned that where the notorious coronavirus is concerned, no country is an island. When northern Italy was hit by the virus, everyone felt it was just a matter of hours – not days – before the virus reared its ugly head here. Spanish Minister of Health Salvador Illa urges calm, common sense and trust in the public health system, Spain’s crown jewel. Fifteen people have tested positive and the number is likely to rise in the looming pandemia. People in Spain are caught between believing and blind panic.