A Belgian prince has tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party in Spain, which local media have reported as breaking lockdown rules.
Prince Joachim, 28, attended the gathering in the city of Cordoba on 26 May, a spokesperson for the Belgian Royal Palace said.
The prince, who is the nephew of Belgium’s King Phillipe and tenth in line to the throne, is now in quarantine with reportedly mild symptoms.
Image: The prince is said to have mild coronavirus symptoms
El Pais newspaper said there were 27 people at the party – although local lockdown rules only permit gatherings of up to 15 people.
Spanish police have launched an investigation and those who breached restrictions could be fined between €600 (£540) and €10,000 (£8,997).
A palace spokesperson could not confirm the number of people in attendance at the party.
They said Prince Joachim had travelled to Spain from Belgium on 24 May for an internship and was still there.
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The Spanish government’s regional envoy in Cordoba, Rafaela Valenzuela, said the gathering was “completely irresponsible” and could have caused an outbreak of infections.
“I feel surprised and angry. An incident of this type stands out at a moment of national mourning for so many dead,” she said.
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Ms Valenzuela confirmed that all 27 people who attended the party are now in quarantine.
Spain once had some of the strictest lockdown rules in Europe, but police have recently had to intervene in a series of cases of people flouting social distancing restrictions.
Image: Spain had some of the strictest lockdown rules in Europe
Under its strict lockdown imposed on 14 March, only adults had been allowed to leave home – to buy food, medicine and other essential goods, and to walk dogs close to home.
In recent weeks, it has relaxed measures to allow children to venture outside and people to exercise outdoors.
The country has reported 27,125 deaths of people with coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Source : Sky News