The Belgian couple had to register on Sunday at the Barbanza hospital in A Coruña, in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, for a mandatory corona test. When that did not happen, the hospital informed the local authorities. The police are now actively investigating the couple. Since they may be infected with the coronavirus, they are suspected of having committed a “crime against public health”.
Spain takes such crimes seriously, because they run the risk of spreading the corona virus. Scientific research has shown that one infected person can easily transmit the virus to a dozen others. This could lead to an exponential growth in the number of infections in the region, and a new outbreak and associated lockdown which can cause serious damage to the local economy. 321 infections were recorded in Galicia on Sunday, 13 more than on Saturday.