Spain's government fails to agree on new economic measures to tackle coronavirus: source

A worker wears a protective face mask as he washes the empty Plaza Reial (Reial Square), amidst concerns over coronavirus outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s government failed to agree on Saturday on a new package of economic and social measures to mitigate the impact of the fight against the coronavirus, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters.

With schools shut across Spain and a first package of economic steps announced on Thursday, the government was expected to go further on Saturday.

The source said ministers disagreed in a seven-hour cabinet meeting on Saturday on what the new measures should be. The source added that the government would aim to agree on them on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is due to announce emergency measures including the shutting down of most shops in a news conference scheduled for 8 pm (1900 GMT).

Reporting by Belen Carreno; Writing by Jessica Jones; Editing by Ingrid Melander