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Spain: Pharmacies in Barcelona short of supplies after first coronavirus case

Spain, Barcelona
February 26, 2020 at 15:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pharmacies in the Les Corts neighbourhood of Barcelona are scrambling to keep up with demand for preventative equipment like masks after news broke of yet another coronavirus diagnosis in the region. The first woman to test positive for the virus is being housed in the nearby University Hospital, causing a panic in the surrounding area.

The newly-diagnosed 22-year-old man from Catalonia had recently been in Italy, the country in Europe with the most confirmed cases of the virus. Health professionals are working to give advice in line with recommendations from international organisations like the WHO and other public health bodies.

"We are trying especially not to alarm," said Helena Serra, a local pharmacist who has been keeping a waitlist for new protective mask orders.

Thirty-three people in the Catalonia region are being held in isolation amid suspicions about their contact with others carrying the virus.

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Pharmacies in the Les Corts neighbourhood of Barcelona are scrambling to keep up with demand for preventative equipment like masks after news broke of yet another coronavirus diagnosis in the region. The first woman to test positive for the virus is being housed in the nearby University Hospital, causing a panic in the surrounding area.

The newly-diagnosed 22-year-old man from Catalonia had recently been in Italy, the country in Europe with the most confirmed cases of the virus. Health professionals are working to give advice in line with recommendations from international organisations like the WHO and other public health bodies.

"We are trying especially not to alarm," said Helena Serra, a local pharmacist who has been keeping a waitlist for new protective mask orders.

Thirty-three people in the Catalonia region are being held in isolation amid suspicions about their contact with others carrying the virus.

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