Bizarre scenes have emerged from Spain after a woman was marched off a beach by officers in white hazmat suits because she went surfing when she should have been in quarantine.
The woman had tested positive for coronavirus but still chose to go surfing in the northern city of San Sebastian, as perplexed sunbathers looked on.
A video posted to Twitter on Monday quickly become a viral hit.
The woman, reportedly a lifeguard, could be seen initially ignoring appeals from police for her to get out of the water before she finally returned to land and argued with officers.
"We were informed that this person had tested positive (for Covid-19) and was on sick leave and that she still went surfing," a spokeswoman for local police told AFP.
As in other European nations, Spaniards infected with coronavirus must self-quarantine at home until they are cured to prevent spreading the disease or face hefty fines.
Spain this week become the first country in Western Europe to pass 500,000 coronavirus infections. The disease has killed nearly 30,000 people, one of the highest tolls in the world.
VIDEO: Spanish woman arrested for breaching quarantine to go surfing.— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 10, 2020
A woman who went surfing when she should have been self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 is arrested on a beach in San Sebastian in northern Spain pic.twitter.com/IzTIqXGVBi
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