OVIEDO, Spain 

As Spain’s economy falters amid surging numbers of coronavirus cases surpassing 3,000, the country’s premier announced a wave of special economic measures to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“This is a health emergency, but also an economic one,” said Pedro Sanchez in a televised press conference on the government’s long list of measures that will take effect immediately.

To fight the virus, the Spanish government is injecting around €3.8 billion ($4.2 billion) into the country’s healthcare system at both the national and regional levels.

With the country’s schools set to close in the coming days,

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