A Japanese patient with COVID-19 who went to two bars because he wanted to “spread the virus” has died of the illness aged 57.
The unnamed man from the city of Gamagori in the central Japanese prefecture of Aichi previously had liver cancer and he died of virus-related issues in hospital, according to local media.
He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 4th March one day after his elderly parents had tested positive for the virus.
Before being admitted to hospital on 5th March, the 57-year-old man decided to go out for the night despite being instructed to remain indoors, according to local media.
He reportedly decided to visit one bar for around 15 minutes before going to a Philippine pub where he stayed for 40 minutes and sang karaoke.
The local authorities said he told his parents before venturing outside that he wanted to “spread the virus”.
According to reports, the man put his arm around one waitress while visiting the karaoke pub who tested negative for the virus. However, one of her colleagues was later diagnosed with COVID-19.
Both bars where the man visited had to temporarily close down to be disinfected, and the Philippine pub owner filed a complaint for obstruction of business on 13th March.
The police were planning to quiz the patient when he left hospital, however the 57-year-old succumbed to the virus on 18th March, according to reports.
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