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Ex-NATO Secretary General Javier Solana passed positive coronavirus test

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana was hospitalized in Madrid after his test for a new type of coronavirus infection tested positive.

This was reported on Saturday by Reuters, citing a source.

According to him, Solan’s condition does not cause concern, and he was placed under medical supervision as a precaution.

Reuters adds that on Monday, March 9, the former NATO Secretary General attended an event attended by Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya.

Javier Solana served as Secretary General of NATO from 1995 to 1999, after which he was Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (1999-2009).

Also, from 1992 to 1995, Solana served as head of the Spanish Foreign Ministry under the Prime Minister, Felipe Gonles Marquez.

The first case of coronavirus infection in Spain was recorded on January 31, the number of cases began to increase sharply after a local outbreak in Italy was detected.

Most infected were found in the autonomous community of Madrid. To date, more than 3 thousand cases have been identified in Spain, 84 people have died.

An outbreak caused by the new coronavirus disease was recorded at the end of December 2019 in Central China.

On March 11, the World Health Organization recognized it as a pandemic. Cases of infection recorded in more than a hundred countries, including Russia. In total, according to WHO, more than 118 thousand people were infected, about 4.3 thousand died. In the Russian Federation 34 cases of infection are registered.

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