Prostitutes at brothel infected with Covid-19 in ‘extremely worrying’ outbreak

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Eight prostitutes in a Spanish tourist hotspot have tested positive for coronavirus.

Authorities in Alcázar de San Juan, Spain, are probing an “extremely worrying” outbreak linked to a brothel.

The investigation is being hampered by the unwillingness of the sex workers' clients to identify themselves.

Four men in the city of 30,000 have been traced back to the brothel, and told to go into isolation.

Locals say there will be many more but they won’t come forward because of secret visits and sex work stigma.

Health chiefs have said eight sex workers have tested positive, despite the women adhering to safety regulations.

Sex workers were asked to wear a mask and advised to stay a metre-and-a-half from clients, which proved near impossible.

Alcázar de San Juan is in the province of Ciudad Real, which attracts international tourists because of its history, natural environment and entertainment and cultural activities.

Ciudad Real is the province of Castilla-La Mancha with the most accumulated cases since the beginning of the pandemic, at 7,722 and 1,122 deaths.

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Any men who have paid a visit to a sex worker have been asked to “show responsibility” and come forward for testing.

Public Health of Castilla-La Mancha confirmed the outbreak and the difficulty in tracking contacts as with all other cases.

A spokesman said: “We recall that the citizens of Alcázar de San Juan suffered greatly with the first wave of the pandemic and it is feared that the same story will be repeated.

"Therefore, all clients of the brothel are recommended to undergo tests to find out if they are infected or not.”

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