A coronavirus patient in his 50s went bar hopping to intentionally ‘spread the virus’ in Japan before Hazmat-clad police took him to hospital.
The man tested positive for the disease – which has killed more than 3,500 with at least 100,000 diagnoses worldwide – but he showed no symptoms in Gamagori City.
He was sent home by medics and was told to self-isolate before being taken to hospital.
But the man – whose parents both were diagnosed with coronavirus – ignored advice and told a relative he was ‘going to spread the virus’ before taking a taxi to a bar.
He left the first bar and went to another where he announced to revellers that he ‘tested positive’ for the disease which has infected more than 1,000 in Japan.
Officers from the Gamagori Police Station clad in hazmat suits rushed to the bar – but the man had already made his way back home in a taxi.
One staff member told The Tokyo Reporter: ‘I can’t get this straight in my head.
‘I cannot express it in words since I only have anger.’
Both bars the man went to were deep cleaned and all staff and customers were tested.
The man has since been taken to a medical centre for treatment.
Gamagori mayor Toshiaki Suzuki said: ‘It is highly regrettable that he did not remain home as instructed.’
Around the world, more and more countries are bracing for a surge in virus cases.
Some nations are imitating China – where the virus first emerged late last year and which has suffered the vast majority of infections – by imposing travel controls and shutting down public events.
Many countries – including Australia, Vietnam and the USA – have banned entry to anyone who has travelled through or to China recently.
Other countries, including Jordan and Lebanon, have also banned entry to anyone who travelled to Italy.