Seven Police Officers Placed Under Quarantine After Woman With Coronavirus Spits at Them While Being Arrested in Spain

Seven police officers have been placed in quarantine in Spain after a woman spat at them while she was being arrested who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Members of the Spanish Civil Guard arrested the suspect in the Zaragoza town of Cuarte de Huerva, roughly 200 miles northeast of Madrid, on suspicion of assaulting her partner, El Mundo reported.

While detaining the woman, she repeatedly yelled "I have coronavirus" while spitting at the officers.

The woman continued to shout and spit as she was being driven away in a patrol vehicle and placed in a jail cell.

Authorities then tested the woman, identified only as P.A.U., for COVID-19. She was later revealed to have tested positive for the virus but only after she was released from custody.

Luis Angel Marcen, a lawyer assigned to the woman after she was taken in custody, is also being urged to quarantine after coming into contact with the suspect.

"I have been told to stay home for 15 days and watch to see if I have a fever," Marcen told El Heraldo.

"I have told them what had happened and that I had also been here this Thursday working in the Guard Court and in the Violence against Women Court, but the response has been the same, that I stay at home and do not approach my girlfriend less than a meter away."

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Police at the Nuevos Ministerios Station on March 17, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. Seven police officers have been placed in quarantine in Spain after a woman spat at them who later tested positive for coronavirus. DeFodi Images/Getty

According to reports, Marcen attended a hospital to try and get tested and receive confirmation on whether he has also got the virus.

"We are on duty, we defend the rights of the detainees, we have to work compulsorily, as it's an essential and inalienable service... I do not understand why they cannot test the lawyers as well," he added.

There are more than 18,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Spain, the fourth highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. The country has seen 833 deaths as a result of COVID-19, with 1,107 people managing to recover from the virus.

This map, provided by Statista, shows the spread of COVID-19 cases around the world as of March 20.

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