Spain's lower house suspends activities after lawmaker diagnosed with coronavirus

A photo taken on March 1, 2020 shows Spanish far-right party Vox's Secretary General Javier Ortega Smith deliver a speech during a party's eveng in Zaragoza, Spain. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MADRID (REUTERS) - The Spanish parliament's lower house on Tuesday (March 10) suspended all activities for at least a week after lawmaker Javier Ortega Smith's party Vox disclosed he was diagnosed with coronavirus, El Pais newspaper reported.

Ortega Smith, who is also the far right party's number two, participated in a large scale political rally last weekend with the presence of many of the party's other legislators.

Officials in parliament could not immediately confirm the shutdown.

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