A state ceremony will be held on 16th July to honour the victims of the coronavirus

June 17, 2020
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Presidente Pedro Sánchez announced today that on the 16th July a state ceremony will be held to honour the victims of the coronavirus and the public servants who have fought against the pandemic.

He announced the date in the control session of  Congress and in response to the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado.

Pablo Casado reminded Sánchez that he did not ask him about this matter and corrected the president in the death toll, noting that they were 43,000 and not 27,000, as the official data indicates. Casado has pointed out that "no one doubts in the whole world" that the government's management in this crisis "has been a failure" because Spain has the "worst numbers of deceased, infected and unemployed".

Although the full details of this ceremony are not known at the moment, he did say that the ceremony will be in the presence of His Majesty King Felipe VI and will be held in Madrid.

Attending, among others, will be the President of the European Council,  Charles Michel ,  and the President of the European Commission,  Ursula Von der Leyen , the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,  the president of the European Parliament,  David Sassoli , and the EU's high-ranking foreign representative,  Josep Borrell.