Woman arrested for spreading a voicemail claiming a supermarket worker in Spain’s Costa Blanca has coronavirus and poses a health threat to shoppers

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Spanish police in Murcia on the Costa Blanca have arrested a woman for spreading a voice memo claiming a supermarket worker has coronavirus, causing ‘social alarm’ and affecting the store’s trade.

THE 30-year-old woman in Cieza has been charged with public disorder.

Police launched an investigation after becoming aware of a broadcast, being shared via instant messaging, in which a woman’s voice warned of the dangers posed by a supposed Covid-19 employee at a supermarket in the town.

A source claims she “was disseminated massively, creating confusion and social alarm among the population.”

The store’s management reported the damage the message was causing, noting a decline in customers.

After conducting numerous investigations, the Guardia Civil identified the suspect through several of her contacts who had received the message.

She was arrested and the case will be heard at the Cieza Court of Instruction.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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