King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Spain and around the globe from the Royal Palace of Zarzuela. Due to the pandemic, all the public engagements of the couple have been cancelled for the time being. Today the royal couple held two video conferences. Earlier in the morning, Felpe and Letizia talked with the management teams of the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI), led by its president, Luis Cayo.
In these times of health emergencies, explained that its primary mission is to ensure disabled people and their families. People with disabilities represent 10% of the Spanish population, more than 4 million people (if they join this group their families would be 12 million people). They stressed that it is a social group that is especially vulnerable in emergency situations, and therefore requires more intense attention and support from the public authorities and society.
Later Felipe and Letizia get in touch with the Caritas. Cáritas is one of the largest Spanish voluntary organizations for resources, projects, volunteers and implantation in the national territory. Spain announced the National alert on March 15th due to the impact of the global coronavirus epidemic that has forced the Cáritas Confederation to activate its response mechanisms to the social emergency generated by this crisis.
This response is being carried out in four areas: support for the basic needs of people in social situations of greater vulnerability and social exclusion; advocacy work to safeguard the rights of citizens in more precarious conditions against the impact of COVID-19; social awareness to strengthen attitudes and processes of reception, listening and community and social accompaniment to the people and families most exposed to the effects of the coronavirus; and fundraising.
Yesterday also Felipe and Letizia held a video conference with the president of Mercadona, Juan Roig. Accompanied by his management team, Roig has expressed his pride in the work and effort of the 90,000 Mercadona workers. The President highlighted the value of the agrifood chain, in which 2.5 million people (farmers, ranchers, transporters and industry) work daily, to supply businesses with the necessary products daily.
In addition, Roig has stressed that it is very important that the economy does not stop but always guaranteeing the safety and health of workers.
Yesterday, Queen was wearing a navy blazer and trousers with a striped top and blue loafers. I will update the post once the pieces are identified.
Today Queen was wearing a blue blazer with blue trousers, white top and Uterque loafers. Her Karen Hallam ring is present on her ring consistently.
Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown on Thursday as the death toll from the respiratory disease rose to 4,089. Both King Felipe and Queen Letizia went under the Coronavirus test that later on came back negative but Letizia went under precautionary medical watch. The couple had to go through the test as Queen Letizia met with equality minister Irene Montero during APRAMP meeting, who has since been diagnosed with coronavirus.