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Covid-19 ‘superspreader’ investigated by police after flying to Spain and back

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An alleged coronavirus "superspreader" from Manchester who travelled to and from Spain even though he had symptoms is now in intensive care.

The unnamed man from Heywood, near Rochdale, fell seriously ill after he flew back to Manchester Airport.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has launched an investigation into alleged breaches of restrictions designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Those who fail to self-isolate despite a positive test face a fine of up to £10,000 and can also be prosecuted.

Official advice says people shouldn't travel if they have experienced symptoms within seven days of departure and must quarantine for 10 days on their return from Spain.

Rochdale has registered 919 positive coronavirus cases in the past week, a rise of 29% on the week before.

A spokesperson for GMP told Manchester Evening News: "On Sunday, October 11 2020, police received a report that a man had allegedly breached Covid-19 restrictions by travelling to and from Spain via Manchester Airport while displaying symptoms linked to Covid-19.

"An investigation is underway."

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Anyone with information is asked to contact GMP on 101 quoting incident number 3162 of 11/10/2020.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

It comes as Greater Manchester is set to face the most severe Tier 3 restrictions in response to spiralling case numbers in the city.

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The changes, due to come in this weekend, would see pubs closed and a ban on household mixing indoors, in private gardens and in most indoor venues.

Manchester's mayor Andy Burnham has rejected the new restrictions, declaring that local leaders were "unanimously opposed" to their introduction.

He said the city is "fighting back for fairness" and will "stand firm" against the government's plans.

Speaking in a press briefing, he accused ministers of "asking us to gamble our residents' jobs, homes and businesses and a large chunk of our economy on a strategy that their own experts tell them might not work".

Other parts of England will move into Tier 2 from Saturday, including Greater London, where mayor Sadiq Khan had called for the strictest measures to be put in place.

Manchester is one of the worst affected areas in the country, with 448 cases per 100,000 people, after a spike said to have been driven by the arrival of 74,000 students in the city for the start of university.

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  • Spain
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