A drunken British holidaymaker has escaped jail after deliberately coughing over diners and claiming he was suffering from deadly Covid-19.
The disturbing incident occurred on Monday night in the trendy Santa Catalina restaurant district of Palma, the capital of holiday island Majorca.
The 43-year-old, who was intoxicated according to National Police officers, harassed several diners coughing over them as they tried to eat their meal.
When police were called, the man who was not named, fled the scene but was chased down by officers.
After a struggle he was arrested and taken into custody where he later tested negative for coronavirus, according to Diario de Mallorca .
Local media reported he faced a hefty fine and jail term if he had tested positive.
He was released after a court appearance on Tuesday, but could still face some punishment.
The incident is the latest involving boozed-up British holidaymakers on the holiday island.
One hundred extra police officers have been drafted into Majorca to help maintain order in resorts like Magaluf following weekend flashpoints in the party town.
Revellers apparently ignored social distancing measures and some were fined for rowdy behaviour following the incidents on Magaluf’s infamous Punta Ballena strip.
There are fears the excessive behaviour could reignite the Covid-19 pandemic which has largely been eradicated in the Balearic Islands
Now police reinforcements have been sent to island capital Palma to help local forces.
Palma Mayor Jose Hila said: “Health continues to be a priority, a relapse would be very bad for the economy.
“I want to send a forceful message against unfriendly attitudes. We will be forceful, good work cannot be left to anything.”