Zara owner Inditex, whose polka dot dress was a high-street sensation in 2019, may soon be stitching hospital scrubs, helping its home country Spain fight the coronavirus epidemic.

Inditex last week said the epidemic had shut nearly half its stores around the world.

The company said it was studying converting part of its textile manufacturing capacity in Spain to produce hospital gowns. 

It also said it would make available to Spain its vast logistics and supplier network, especially in China, to "meet Spain's emergency needs of both medical and textile materials" such as protective masks, gloves, goggles and caps. 

It said it had already donated 10,000 masks and another 300,000 were due to be sent by the end of the week. 

Spain has been affected more by the coronavirus than any other European country except Italy, and accounts for the fashion retailer's largest network of stores by far.