Prince tests positive for coronavirus after attending party in Spain

Prince tests positive for coronavirus after attending party in Spain

May 31, 2020

A Belgian prince has tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party in Spain which allegedly broke lockdown restrictions.

Prince Joachim, 28, who is the nephew of Belgium’s King Philippe, attended the gathering in Cordoba on May 26, having travelled to Spain for an internship two days earlier, a spokesperson for the Belgian Royal Palace said. He is 10th in line for the throne.

The party was also attended by 26 other people, newspaper El Paid reports. In Cordoba, current lockdown restrictions only permit 15 people to meet at one time.

Spanish police have now launched an investigation into the party, and anyone found to have broken the law could face a fine of up to 10,000 euros. All the party’s attendees are now in quarantine, the Spanish government’s regional envoy in Cordoba, Rafaela Valenzuela, said.

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She went on to say the gathering was ‘completely irresponsible’, adding that it could have caused a resurgence of coronavirus in the region. More than 27,000 people have died with Covid-19 in Spain, but the nation’s daily death increase has now slowed to single figures.

Valenzuela continued: ‘I feel surprised and angry. An incident of this type stands out at a moment of national mourning for so many dead.’

Spain’s lockdown restrictions were currently set to end on June 7, but the government has since extended them to June 21 ‘to finish with the pandemic once and for all’.

The nation, which has seen some of the strictest restrictions in the world, is easing the rules at different times for different areas, with major cities likely to emerge from the lockdown last.

Authorities imposed a state of emergency on March 14, which saw people unable to leave their homes unless to buy food, seek medical care or go to jobs where they could not work from home.

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