King Felipe VI of Spain visits emergency hospital in Madrid

By Heather Cichowski

King Felipe of Spain visited an emergency hospital in Madrid on March 26 to visit heroic frontline health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Felipe stepped out to the medical facility at Ifema, where he took a tour and he also gave a speech. Photos of the Spanish royal, Spanish Defence Minister Margarita Robles and other members of the party show them wearing protective masks, gloves and engaging in social and physical distancing in the face of COVID-19.

King Felipe toured the emergency hospital. Photo: © Casa de S.M. el Rey Spanish Royal Household via Getty Images

The hospital was built in just a few days, and the monarch thanked those who were involved in its speedy completion. Felipe said the facility was a source of hope for the Spanish people, according to HELLO! UK.

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This is the first time royal watchers have seen the Spanish King recently. He previously addressed the nation in a televised speech on March 18 regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

Felipe and his wife Queen Letizia were tested for coronavirus earlier this month. Letizia had met with a Spanish government minister who later tested positive for the virus.

The King and Queen were found to be negative, according to a statement released from the Spanish Royal House. In light of the situation, the King and Queen followed the Spanish government's recommendations and postponed their royal engagements and "carried out the periodic temperature taking controls required in these situations."

King Felipe and Queen Letizia stepped out on Feb. 27 to the ARCO Fair 2020 at Ifema in Madrid. Photo: © Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

As of this writing, there have been more than 523,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 175 countries and regions since the outbreak began earlier this year, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. More than 120,000 of those people have since recovered. Spain has been one of the hardest hit regions. After China, Italy and the United States, it has the highest number of cases at over 56,000.

Royals around the world have been affected by the virus. Clarence House reval Prince Charles was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 25. Last week, Karl von Habsburg, the ancestral Archduke of Austria, said he had the illness, as did Prince Albert of Monaco. All three remain in good health and have exhibited only mild symptoms.

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