According to Malay Mail, more than 100 nudists have tested positive for the coronavirus in a “very worrying” outbreak at a popular naturist holiday resort in France.
Europe’s biggest naturism resort, Cap d’Agde in France located on the Mediterranean coast saw 95 people test positive at the resort last week and an additional 50 nudists test positive after returning home. More tests are expected this week, so the actual number of positive cases might be even higher.
Health authorities added that the rate of infection was four times higher among the skinny-dippers than in nearby communities.
Managers at the resort, which welcomes around 35,000 visitors each summer, acknowledged that so-called ‘social distancing’ is all but impossible among nudists.
“We are in an alarming situation, therefore we ask that all the people of the village be tested before leaving the place and going elsewhere… And we also ask all the people who wish to come to this naturist village to postpone their arrival,” said Hérault Prefecture spokesman, who added that at least two of those infected work at the prestigious hotel.
The alarming number of cases it recorded overnight prompted French health minister Olivier Veran to acknowledge there were “risks” in the surging infection levels nationwide.
France has the third-highest COVID-19 cases in Europe after the UK and Italy with more than 245,000 confirmed infections and 30,528 deaths.