Two people admitted to hospital in Malaga have tested negative for the Covid-19 coronavirus.
In a statement issued by the hospital, they said the pair – who were in isolation since being admitted – did not have the virus, but that they did have a strain of flu.
The news came on the same day that the Ministry of Health held a meeting to discuss the sudden increase in infections in northern Italy, and nearly 1,000 people were quarentined in a Tenerife hotel as an Italian guest tested positive for the Covid-19.
Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, appealed for calm, but said the country needed to be prepared for every eventuality.
The situation in Italy, its proximity to Spain and the numerous ties between both countries have highlighted the threat.
“This changes a lot of things, it’s the beginning of a new period,” said Pere Godoy, president of the Spanish Epidemiology Society. “Until now, the criteria for suspicion were simple: showing symptoms, and having spent time in [the Chinese province of] Hubei. It is now urgent to reformulate these criteria in a precise manner, and that’s going to be complicated because the situation in Italy is changing fast and because of the deep ties between both countries.”