The Spanish government has deployed the Spanish army Military Emergencies Unit to cities where, in its opinion, there may be a greater risk of coronavirus spread: Madrid, Valencia, Seville and Zaragoza, the Ministry of Defence reported.
This military unit will also be activated in León, Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, especially in areas of these cities where there may be more risk of virus spread. Military sources explained to EFE news agency that their work will consist of going to "critically crowded locations in case disinfection actions are needed".
In addition, the Ministry of Defence has decided to activate military doctors in the reserve and instructions have been given to the military pharmacy to increase the production of hydroalcoholic disinfectant solution, as well as other generic medicines that may be necessary.
These are some of the first decisions made by minister of defence Margarita Robles, who has held a meeting with the military and Ministry leadership to implement the state of alarm decree.
This meeting has been attended by Spanish secretary of state Ángel Olivares, Chief of Defence Staff Miguel Ángel Villarroya, Undersecretary of Defence Alejo De la Torre, secretary of General Policy Juan Francisco Núñez; Spanish army operations commander Fernando José López del Pozo, and head of the Military Emergencies Unit Luis Martínez Meijide.