A COSTA Blanca brothel has been closed after at least four people tested positive for coronavirus.
Dozens more are feared to have been infected including customers as well as relatives of the sex workers from the brothel, which is said to be a popular stag do venue.
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Authorities acted after one of the workers fell ill and was confirmed to be carrying the virus in a hospital test.
Police closed the sex club in Cox a 40 minute drive north-west of Torrevieja with a court order after discovering the other cases.
Spain has now seen over 382,000 coronavirus cases and 28,000 deaths and it has now brought in an outdoor smoking ban in a bid to fight the disease.
The unnamed brothel has a bar and restaurant as well as rooms where customers can pay for sex.
It was not immediately clear if prostitutes are among those who have tested positive for the virus.
Relatives of all those who work and provide sexual services at the club have also been tested.
Officials are now understood to be working on trying to identify customers, although they have admitted the task will not be easy.
One well-placed local health source said: “Confidentiality is the top priority in places like these and most people seek anonymity when they visit.”
The Cox coronavirus scare comes after eight people at a brothel in the town of Alcazar de San Juan an hour and a half’s drive south of Madrid tested positive for Covid-19.
The tracking team has admitted to having difficulties tracing the potential spread of the virus because of clients’ reluctance to come forward.
Four men in the town of around 30,000 inhabitants were told to go into isolation.
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Local hospitals have called on those who visited the club, opposite a supermarket, to “show responsibility” and come forward for testing.
The brothel in Alcazar de San Juan has been named locally as Las Palmeras.
Regional health minister Jesus Fernandez Sanz said: “We hope the outbreak doesn’t spread and it is limited to only those people who are affected at the moment.”