Police launch probe into man who wanted to 'spread' virus
Japan Times -- Mar 14
Police in central Japan said Friday they have launched a probe into a man who was infected with the novel coronavirus on suspicion of interfering with business activities, after he went to local eateries expressing his desire to “spread the virus.”

The investigation came a day after a woman in her 30s tested positive for the virus after coming into contact earlier this month with the man at a drinking establishment in Aichi Prefecture.

The woman who is living with her family in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, worked at the Filipino pub that the man in his 50s from Gamagori, also in Aichi, visited on March 4 despite authorities’ instructions to stay indoors, Toyota city officials said Thursday.

The woman developed a fever on March 8 and currently has a sore throat. She is in stable condition but is scheduled to be hospitalized, according to the Toyota city officials.

The man tested positive for the virus on March 4, a day after his parents, with whom he lived, were found to be infected.

He told them he was going to “spread the virus” and went to a bar and the Filipino pub in Gamagori that same night, Gamagori city officials said.

The man stayed at the bar for 15 minutes but did not speak about his infection.

He then went to the Filipino pub and stayed there for around 40 minutes, singing karaoke and putting his arm around a female employee who was seated next to him, a source familiar with the matter said.

コロナウイルスと戦う生活は全く終わりが見通せていません。そんななか、刑事事件に発展しかねない事態も起きています。  13日も北海道で新たに札幌の5人を含む8人が・・・。千葉県でも2人の感染が発表されました。そんななか、騒動が刑事事件にまで発展するかもしれない出来事が起こりました。  50代の男性感染者が話した「ウイルスをばらまいてやる」という言葉が現実になったのでしょうか。男性が訪れた愛知県蒲郡市のパブの女性従業員が感染しました。店のオーナーはテロだと憤ります。  店のオーナー:「寝そべったソファはこれ。許せないですね。明らかに『うつしてやるぞ』って。いくら冗談でも知人や息子に言って出てくること自体、異常だなと」  店のオーナーは警察に相談。事件の方向で動いてもらっているそうです。そして、この件で注目されるのは感染の仕方です。新たに感染した女性は濃厚接触者ではなく、離れたソファに座っていて、男性とは直接、接触していなかったというのです。実は、2人の間には思わぬ接点がありました。  男性は開店前、約2分くらい入り口近くのソファで寝転んでいました。このソファにウイルスが付着したのでしょうか。女性従業員は約30分、そのソファに座って待機していました。こうして、女性に感染した可能性があります。  池袋大谷クリニック・大谷義夫院長:「ソファでも表面がツルツルしているようなものですと、ウイルスの活性は長く残る可能性はあります」  同僚の女性従業員によりますと、感染した女性は2週間くらい前にインフルエンザで店を休んでいたといいます。
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