Spanish pensioner fined for playing Pokemon Go during nationwide lockdown

Now there’s a headline I bet you didn’t think you’d see today.

Yes, you did read that right, a 77-year-old man has been arrested in Madrid for ‘hunting Pokemon’ during a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The unusual story was announced on Twitter by the Policia Municipal de Madrid, and their tweet roughly translates to: “Hunting Pokémon, dinosaurs or any other magical creature is prohibited during the Alarm state. Don’t make excuses and #StayatHome #SocialResponsibility #COVID19”

The 77-year-old is not alone in being fined for breaking the quarantine in Madrid, however, with their local police reporting they have issued over 4,800 complaints and have further detained 30 people after Spain declared a State of Emergency on March 14.

This Sunday just gone (March 22) police in Madrid had to impose 664 fines on that day alone. This clearly proves some people in Spain are not taking this virus seriously enough; which needs to change sooner rather than later.

The lockdown in Spain only allows citizens to leave the house for very certain things, which include travel to and from work, going to the supermarket, going to the chemist, or to care for an elderly or vulnerable person.

If citizens are found to be out of the house and not have any of the previously mentioned reasons to be out, they could be struck with a hefty financial penalty.

The fines that have been put in place by Spain are there to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring people will stay inside. The fines start from €600 and range up to anywhere near €30,000 (£550 to £27,600), you’d think this would be enough to put you off going looking for a Pokemon.

Spain today, March 25, have announced 6,600 new cases of coronavirus in their country, which brings their total number of infections up to 40,000. Spain’s death toll due to the coronavirus also surpassed that of China today.

It is a mystery how some people still are not taking this virus seriously and refuse to obey lockdown orders.

Boris Johnson announced on Monday (March 23) that the UK had also entered lockdown for at least three weeks, following similar guidelines to that of Spain, however, UK citizens are allowed one outdoor exercise a day.

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