Spanish island police said on Saturday that a Mallorca resident had been arrested on charges of assault and beating after at least 22 people were infected with the COVID-19 virus while traveling to work and the gym while showing signs of infection.
The police opened an investigation at the end of January after the spread of disease in the city of Manacor, following reports that an employee was “injured but concealed his illness,” according to a police statement.
A few days before the outbreak was discovered, the man started showing symptoms, causing co-workers to alarmed but refused to go home and went for a PCR test at the end of the day. Without waiting for the result, he got back to work the next day and also went to his gym.
At work, his manager and the rest of the staff insisted he go home because he risked infecting everyone else. Then they explained to the police that he had a fever with “over 40 ° C”.
But he ignored them and spent his day at his workplace, walking around and deliberately lowering his mask when he coughed, saying: “I will infect you all with the Corona virus,” according to the police.
At the end of the day, when he got a positive polymerase chain reaction test result, his colleagues got anxious and went to take the test as well. Five of them tested positive for the virus, and infected several members of their families, including three one-year-old children.
Three people who had direct contact with the man in the gym were also infected and transmitted the virus to relatives.
According to the police, no one out of a total of 22 people infected as a result of the man’s behavior has been hospitalized.