Woman in Spain Arrested for Breaking Coronavirus Lockdown to Visit Man She Met on Dating App

A woman in Spain was arrested after she was caught visiting the home of a man she had met on a dating app, breaking mandatory home confinement rules put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The woman was stopped by patrol officers as she walked down the street in Tortosa, a city in Catalonia, on Saturday night, according to El Periódico de Catalunya. They discovered the woman was on her way back home from visiting a man she had met on a dating app, according to the newspaper.

The Mossos d'Esquadra, the police force for Catalonia, tweeted about the woman's arrest on Sunday. They said the woman had left her home to visit a man she had only just met online.

She was detained for violating the mandatory confinement as well as resisting and disobeying the "stay home" agents, police said.

Spain announced a nationwide state of emergency on March 14 and banned people from all but essential outings as it struggled to contain Europe's second worst coronavirus outbreak.

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Police patrols at Las Ramblas as the country works to stop the spread of the coronavirus on March 22, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Sandra Montanez/Getty Images

The lockdown was intended to last 15 days, but on Sunday, the Spanish government sought to extend it until April 11, Reuters reported, while some regions have asked for even harsher confinement measures to tackle the pandemic.

The extension would need to be approved by parliament, but Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialist Party has secured enough votes after the main opposition party said it would back it.

In a news briefing on Saturday, Sanchez warned the country that the "worst is yet to come" but said the Spanish government would do whatever it takes to combat the outbreak.

He praised those in Spain who have stayed in their homes and defended the need to extend the state of emergency, adding: "We hope that with this so drastic, dramatic and hard measure…we can bend the coronavirus' curve."

Spain's death toll has climbed to 1,813 with more than 29,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Monday morning, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. More than 2,500 people have recovered.

Globally, the novel coronavirus has sickened more than 340,000 people and killed more than 14,700. More than 98,000 have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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