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Spanish police arrest man who allegedly infected 22 people with COVID-19

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Tourists enjoy the beach at the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Monday, March 29, 2021.
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A man was arrested in a Mallorca town after allegedly infecting 22 people with COVID-19, Spanish police have said.

The 40-year-old man “continued with his normal life” despite having coronavirus symptoms and having taken a PCR test.

Colleagues told police that he came to work with a fever of 40 degrees Celsius.

At his workplace he coughed loudly, lowered his mask and told people he would give them all the coronavirus, police added in a statement released on Saturday.

Police said that he infected eight people directly and 14 people indirectly including at his workplace and gym in the Balearic town.

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Three of the people infected were babies only one-year-old.

Police began investigating “at the end of January when the agents learned of the existence of a COVID-19 outbreak in a well-known establishment in Manacor,” Spanish police said.

Five of the man’s co-workers eventually tested positive for the virus and infected other family members. Three people at his gym tested positive and infected their family members.

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