The Spanish government has nationalised all of its hospitals and health service providers in the country as the latest move to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The Minister of Health of Spain, Salvador Illa, gave the announcement on Monday, The Guardian reported.
He also stated all fourth-year medical students in Spain will be asked to get involved in direct healthcare and medical equipment producing companies should get in touch with the government for extended support in this mode of crisis, reports Business Insider.
Spain is one of the worst-affected countries outside China, and its government has taken a number of extraordinary steps in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Last week they declared a state of national emergency, closing down schools and public spaces and telling citizens they can leave the house only to go to work and buy essentials like food and medicine.
Madrid has also closed restaurants, bars, and shops — except for supermarkets and pharmacies. Authorities are using drones to monitor the movements of its citizens.
There were 9,191 confirmed cases of the virus in Spain as of Monday, with 309 deaths linked to it.