Man charged with infecting 22 people with COVID-19

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MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 30: A mural of two people with face masks facing each other adorns a wall on April 30, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. Since April 27 children under 12 are allowed to come and go from their homes more freely. Spain has had more than 213,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 24,500 reported deaths, although the rate has declined after weeks of lockdown measures. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish man with COVID-19 symptoms who coughed on work colleagues and told them “I’m going to give you all the coronavirus” has been charged with intentionally causing injury after allegedly infecting 22 people.

Spanish police said their investigation began after a COVID-19 outbreak at the company where the 40-year-old man worked on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Days before the outbreak, the man showed COVID-19 symptoms but refused his colleagues’ suggestions to go home and self-isolate, police said in a statement.

After work, and showing no improvement, he went for a PCR test before visiting a gym and returning to work the next day. Though his superiors told him to go home after he allegedly had shown a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the man refused.

He walked around his workplace, lowering his face mask and coughing on people, saying “I’m going to infect you all with the coronavirus,” according to police.

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At the end of the day, his PCR test came back positive. His colleagues were then tested, with five returning positive results. They in turn infected family members, including three infants, police said. At the gym the man visited, three people tested positive and also infected family members.

None of those infected required hospitalization, police said.

A judge charged the man, who was not identified by police, and released him on Saturday evening to await trial, Spain’s Europa Press news agency reported.

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