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Congreso cancels activity for a week after MP tests positive for coronavirus

Ortega Smith, at the Vox conference last weekend.
Ortega Smith, at the Vox conference last weekend. / SUR
  • Vox has apologised for not cancelling the party congress held this weekend after announcing that the party's second in command, Javier Ortega Smith, has the virus

Spain's Congreso has cancelled virtually all of its activity for a week after an MP has tested positive for coronavirus.

The far right Vox party announced on Tuesday that Javier Ortega Smith, its second in command, had the virus and apologised for not cancelling the party conference attended by 9,000 people at the weekend in Madrid.

The party has said that out of "responsibility" it has sent its MPs to work from home.

Following Ortega Smith's positive result, Spain's Congreso (lower house of parliament) has cancelled almost all of its activity for a week.