Spanish police detain man on suspicion of infecting 22 with Covid


man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of assault after allegedly infecting 22 people with Covid.

The 40-year-old has been accused of going work and the gym despite having a cough and a temperature of more than 40C (104F).

He is said to have walked around his workplace in Majorca, pulling his mask down, coughing and telling colleagues he was going to infect them.

Five colleagues and three fellow gym goers later tested positive, Spanish police said.

Another 14 people, family members of the infected, also came down with Covid, including three one-year-olds.

In a statement released on Saturday, Spanish police said the man had been showing symptoms for a number of days, but refused to go home from work in the town of Manacor.

He took a PCR test one evening, but then went to work and the gym the next day while awaiting the results.

His colleagues told him to go home, but he refused, police said. He would then pull down his mask, cough and say: “I’m going to infect you all with coronavirus.”

Police have been investigating the incident since January.

They said when his test came back positive, colleagues were “alarmed” but none of those infected became seriously ill.


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