An Entire Town Is Under Quarantine Because a Man Returned After Having an Affair With a Woman Who Had Coronavirus

An affair between a married woman and her former lover led to an entire Argentinian town going into quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Selva, a municipality of about 2,500 residents, is on lockdown and appears to be a ghost town during parts of the day, the Argentine newspaper Clarín reported on Tuesday. This began just a few days ago—with all restaurants, bars and shopping centers shuttered—after a 27-year-old man returned to the town after sleeping with a former lover.

The unidentified woman had returned to her home in the Argentinian city of Córdoba after a trip to Spain just over a week ago. She'd had a relationship with the man from Selva when she was younger, and she invited him to meet her to reconnect.

During their encounter, she told him about her trip to Spain and even said she'd had symptoms of the coronavirus. Nonetheless, the former lovers had sex and then went their separate ways. The man returned to his town and was welcomed back by about 20 friends at a party.

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An electronic traffic board displays a message about the symptoms of COVID-19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 16. JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty

As he drank and ate with the group, he told them about his encounter with his former lover in Córdoba. They were shocked and upset when he mentioned that she had been infected with coronavirus. Some of the friends then informed the authorities, which moved quickly to isolate the man and quarantine the town. The woman in Córdoba was quickly identified by local authorities in her city and placed in quarantine, as was her husband.

On Saturday afternoon, Selva Governor Gerardo Zamora ordered his entire town to quarantine as an "extreme measure" to prevent the spread of the virus. "We have just declared the entire town of Selva in quarantine," he said, noting that residents were not allowed to leave, while those outside were not allowed to enter, Clarín reported. He told all residents to remain within their homes.

Argentina has relatively few confirmed cases of the coronavirus. According to a John Hopkins University tracker, there are 79 confirmed cases in the South American country. Two people have died, while three others have recovered.

Globally, more than 200,000 people have been confirmed to be infected, while more than 82,000 have already recovered from the virus. Reported deaths now total more than 8,200, with China, Italy, Iran and Spain having the highest numbers of confirmed infections.