Belgian Prince Tests Positive For Coronavirus After Attending Party In Spain

Written by on June 2, 2020

BARCELONA (Reuters) – A nephew of Belgium’s King Philippe, Prince Joachim, has examined constructive for coronavirus after attending a celebration in Spain, which Spanish media mentioned broke lockdown guidelines due to the variety of folks there.

The prince, 28, examined constructive after attending the gathering within the southern metropolis of Cordoba on Might 26, a spokesperson for the Belgian Royal Palace mentioned on Saturday.

The spokesperson mentioned the palace couldn’t verify the variety of folks in attendance on the get together. The palace mentioned Joachim traveled to Spain from Belgium on Might 24 for an internship and was nonetheless there.

El Pais newspaper mentioned the prince, who’s tenth in line to the Belgian throne, attended the get together together with 26 different folks.

This could be a breach of lockdown guidelines within the province of Cordoba, the place the utmost variety of folks permitted to satisfy is at the moment 15.

Spanish police mentioned that they had launched an investigation into the incident and people who breached restrictions may face fines of between 600 and 10,000 euros.

Prince Lorenz with two of his children -- Prince Joachim and Princess Luise Maria of Belgium -- attend the 80th birthday cele

Prince Lorenz with two of his youngsters — Prince Joachim and Princess Luise Maria of Belgium — attend the 80th birthday celebrations of Belgian Queen Paola on June 29, 2017 in Waterloo, Belgium. 

All 27 individuals who attended the get together at the moment are in quarantine, Rafaela Valenzuela, the Spanish authorities’s regional envoy in Cordoba, advised a press convention on Saturday.

Valenzuela known as the gathering “utterly irresponsible” and mentioned it may have triggered an outbreak of infections, triggering a return to a stricter lockdown.

“I really feel stunned and offended. An incident of this kind stands out at a second of nationwide mourning for thus many lifeless,” she mentioned.

As the federal government eases Spain’s lockdown laws, at one level a few of the strictest in Europe, police have intervened in a sequence of instances of individuals flouting social distancing restrictions.

Reporting by Graham Keeley; Extra reporting by Kate Abnett; Enhancing by Frances Kerry

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