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Royal Prince Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Party

A prince has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after attending a party during lockdown in Spain.

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Prince Joachim of Belgium travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, the palace said.

The 28-year-old prince then attended a party in the southern city of Córdoba two days later, before testing positive for COVID-19.

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Spanish reports suggest the prince, a nephew of Belgium’s King Philippe, was among 27 people at the party. He is said to have mild coronavirus symptoms.

Under Córdoba’s lockdown rules, a party of this size would be a breach of regulations, as gatherings of no more than 15 people are currently permitted.

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Rafaela Valenzuela, a representative of the Spanish government in Córdoba, condemned the party, calling those who attended “irresponsible”.

“I feel surprised and angry. An incident of this type stands out at a moment of national mourning for so many dead,” she said.

Belgian media have since confirmed with the palace that Prince Joachim was in Spain, where he remains.

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Prince Joachim, the youngest son of Princess Astrid and 10th in line to the Belgian throne, is known to have a long-standing relationship with a Spanish woman, reported to be Victoria Ortiz.

Everyone who attended the party is said to be in quarantine.

Spanish police have launched an investigation into the party. Those found to have flouted lockdown rules could be fined up to €10,000.

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