Footage shows woman arrested for sunbathing in Spain after ignoring coronavirus rules

Footage shows woman arrested for sunbathing in Spain after ignoring coronavirus rules

Footage has emerged online of a woman being arrested in Spain after ignoring the coronavirus rules.

The incident took place in Palma, Mallorca's capital. It is under the same coronavirus rules as the Spanish mainland, which is currently under lockdown after a surge in cases of COVID-19.

Watch the woman being arrested below: 

In the footage above, the woman can be seen arguing with officers while still holding her towel as she is led away from a park. Under the current rules, all outdoor spaces and parks have been shut down in a bid to contain the spread of the virus which, per the Daily Mail, has killed 292 people in Spain.

Following her arrest, the Daily Mail reports, the woman could be facing a fine for civil disobedience and failing to comply with the country's state of emergency.

The maximum fine which can be imposed is 30,000 Euros ($33,275.12). The message is currently being broadcast around Spain in multiple languages to deter people from going outside without just cause.

According to the police, she was drinking and sunbathing near the seafront with friends. Locals tipped off authorities to their activities as people are only allowed outside under lockdown if they have a valid reason.

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According to island newspaper Ultima Hora: "The officers spoke to those present and communicated verbally and informatively that they should leave the area and remain at home."

"A woman, far from complying with the instructions of the authorities, confronted them and told them that she wanted to get a tan. After several verbal attacks on the police officers and because of her attitude, she was asked to identify herself but refused."

A 15-day state of emergency was declared in Spain by prime minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday. Per WorldOMeter, at the time of writing, there have been a confirmed 9,191 cases there.

The news comes as the World Health Organisation's most recent situation report revealed that there have been a total of 153,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, and 5,735 deaths.