‘Drunk’ British tourist, 43, arrested ‘after coughing on people and telling them he had coronavirus’ in Mallorca
- British man, 43, accused restaurant dinners in an upscale Palma neighborhood
- The unmasked man coughed on people and told them he had coronavirus
- The police arrested him and gave him a virus test, which came back negative
A British tourist has been arrested after allegedly coughing up restaurant dinners in a trendy part of the Majorcan capital, Palma, telling them he had coronavirus.
The 43-year-old was held on Monday night at around 11 p.m. after several diners called the police to say he wandered between tables and coughed at people.
When the restaurant manager told the man, who was not wearing a mask, to leave customers alone, police said he was also coughed up.
A 43-year-old British man was arrested in Palma on Monday evening (photo) after allegedly coughing on people and saying he had coronavirus
Then agents arrived in the Santa Catalina area – one of the most desirable areas of Palma full of bars and cafes – and tried to arrest the man.
He tried to flee, and when officers caught him, he opposed arrest and was detained.
The man was taken to the police station where he was given a coronavirus test that was negative.
If tested positive, he could have been charged with causing bodily harm and violating health laws, but instead being charged with resisting arrest.
The National Police in the capital of Mallorca, Palma, said in a statement: “The suspect was arrested for disobedience and opposition to arrest.
“ We were warned on Monday around 11 p.m. that a man was walking around drunk in several bars and restaurants in the Santa Catalina neighborhood of Palma, insulting people without a face mask, and reportedly coughing intentionally about diners while telling them he had Covid- 19.
“The person we disobeyed when they arrived was aggressive with them. He was subsequently arrested. ‘
Masks have been mandatory in Mallorca since Monday with people receiving fines of £ 90 for refusing to comply as authorities try to slow the spread of the corona virus (file image)
A well-placed source added, “He was tested for Covid-19 because he claimed to have the virus.
“The test came back negative. He was detained for resisting arrest, but would have been charged further if tested positive.
“They would have been a public health crime and a crime of injury if he had infected others with coronavirus through his actions.”
The unnamed Brit stayed in a hotel in the municipality of Calvia, which also includes the party resort of Magaluf.
The police source said, “He was alone when he was being held and had been drinking.
“His behavior seems to have been fueled by excess alcohol.”
While Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries with coronavirus, the Balearic Islands – including Mallorca – have been spared the worst illness.
Nevertheless, as of Monday, masks were made mandatory in all public areas on the islands in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease, fearing that hot spots could be caused by tourists.
Once the global epicenter of the virus, Spain now has 256,000 infections and more than 28,000 deaths.