March 19, 2020 / 1:22 PM / 20 days ago

Spain plans more measures to protect vulnerable groups from coronavirus

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government is planning to introduce more measures to protect vulnerable groups from the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias said at a news conference on Thursday.

Iglesias added the government will boost the capacity of nursing homes to attend the elderly, after a large number of cases and fatalities were reported in such facilities.

On Tuesday, Spain announced a 200 billion euro ($215.74 billion) package to help companies and to protect workers and other vulnerable groups affected by the spiraling coronavirus crisis.

Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Nathan Allen, Writing by Inti Landauro; Editing by Nathan Allen

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