Police in Lithuania intervened in a domestic dispute on Wednesday after a man locked his wife in the bathroom over fears that she may be carrying the coronavirus.
“We got the report that a husband and two adult sons refused to let the woman out of the bathroom after she told them that she could have contracted the coronavirus,” national police spokesperson Ramunas Matonis told AFP.
The woman reportedly told her husband she may have caught the disease new coronavirus when she spoke with a person who had arrived from abroad.
“Police officers arrived, there was no violence, no complaint, therefore an ambulance was called,” the police spokesperson said.
Local media reported that the woman tested negative for the presence of the new coronavirus, which has so far infected one person in Lithuania, an EU Baltic state of 2.8 million people.
The 39-year-old male victim had recently returned from Verona in an area of northern Italy that has recorded Europe’s highest number of deaths from the disease.
The virus death toll in Italy passed 100 on Wednesday. Italy announced that all schools and universities will be closed for two weeks amid coronavirus fears.
Altogether the virus has killed over 3 000 people worldwide, most of them in China