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Police arrest Chinese man who falsely claimed to have been infected with coronavirus in order to avoid office

In a bid to lend credibility to his claims, the accused claimed that he was exposed to the deadly pathogen while shopping at a local supermarket when a patient was present in the shop.

The police have nabbed one man in China who lied about being infected with coronavirus in order to avoid going to the office. Reportedly, he informed his office one day about his “supposed” health condition.

Panicked by the false revelation, the office shut down all its operations for three days and quarantined all the employees.

In a bid to lend credibility to his claims, the accused claimed that he was exposed to the deadly pathogen while shopping at a local supermarket when a patient was present in the shop.

The cops soon discovered discrepancies in his story and found that the documents furnished by him as proof of his presence in the supermarket were forged.

The accused was thus arrested and sent to 3 months in prison for spreading misinformation. Following his jail term, he needs to serve an additional 6 months in probation.

This is not the first time that people have risked the lives of others out to avoid personal inconvenience. A couple (in their 50s) and their son(24) who hail from Ranni in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala with recent travel history to Italy evaded health screening at the airport. They have tested positive for coronavirus.

Earlier, a person who was admitted to the district Wenlock hospital in Mangalaru after he exhibited symptoms of coronavirus had gone missing. He arrived at the airport in Mangaluru, Karnataka from Dubai on Sunday.

The patient was supposed to be kept under observation for 24 hours and was to be discharged following routine tests. However, he argued with the hospital staff late in the night, saying that he had not contracted the disease and would undergo treatment in a private hospital. He then absconded from the hospital.

On Monday, a formal complaint was lodged by the District Health Department with the Mangaluru police. The cops have now launched an investigation into the case to nab the escapee.

In another incident, an Irish national who had suspected coronavirus symptoms had gone ‘missing’ from Odisha’s SCB Medical College. He was later found in a Bhubaneswar hotel.

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