Woman arrested on beach after going surfing while infected with coronavirus

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A woman was arrested on a beach after going surfing despite testing positive for coronavirus.

The female, who worked as a lifeguard at San Sebastian’s famous La Concha beach in Spain this summer, was spotted in the sea by her colleagues, according to local reports.

Police handcuffed her on the nearby La Zurriola beach after her colleagues notified officers.

She was held on suspicion of a crime of disobedience after reportedly ignoring officers who ordered her out of the water for several minutes before heading back to the shoreline.

Pictures and video show the dramatic arrest unfold, with officers attempting to order the unnamed woman off the beach.

Two people in hazmat suits then escort the woman away in handcuffs. She was wearing a face mask at the time of her arrest.

Fellow beachgoers looked on in shock as woman was led away.

She is expected to face a heavy fine for breaching strict quarantine rules which could be up to £5,500.

But, if it is discovered she has passed coronavirus on to another person through her actions, the fine would be more than £100,000.

It comes as Spain struggles with a second wave of coronavirus after cases surged in the country over the summer.

Last week, it was reported that Spain had the highest infection rate across the EU/EEA and UK area.

Spain’s 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus is 196.4 cases per 100,000 people – the highest across the EU/EEA and UK area – according to the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

It is still recording thousands of new cases of coronavirus every day, and other countries continue to impose new travel restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

It was removed from the ‘safe tavel’ list in July as cases soared in some regions, meaning anyone arriving in the UK from the mainland or islands must self-isolate for 14 days.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, “based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks”.

Spain became the first country in western Europe to record 500,000 cases of coronavirus.

Another 8,964 new infections were reported on Tuesday, taking the total to 534,513.

A total of 29,594 have died from coronavirus in Spain after another 78 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours.

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