A UK man's extramarital tryst reportedly resulted in a coronavirus diagnosis.
According to The Sun, the unidentified 30-year-old tested positive for the disease after secretly traveling to Italy to see his mistress. Insiders say the patient confessed to the affair while speaking to health officials, admitting he had told his unsuspecting wife he was on a business trip within the UK.
Upon his return home, the man reportedly began showing symptoms associated with the deadly virus. It wasn't long before he took himself to the hospital, where tests confirmed he was positive. The Sun reports the man—who was described as "well-heeled and with a high-flying job"—refused to identify his mistress. And, from the sound of it, his wife still has no idea about the affair.
"His case would be funny if it wasn't quite so serious ... [his wife] thinks he just picked up the disease on his business trip away," a source told the paper. "Although the patient admitted to medics what had happened, he said nothing would persuade him to name his mistress."
The insider said the man is expected to survive, but is more concerned about keeping his secret from his wife.
"Despite his infection he is expected to survive the outbreak, unlike his extra-marital relationship," the source said. "He thought he had the perfect alibi to carry out his affair, but hadn't reckoned on the coronavirus meltdown. The patient is just relieved he got home before flights were canceled — that would have taken some explaining. He's in a blind panic, but more about his adultery being exposed rather than his health."
The man's wife is self-isolating in "their lavish home in the north of England."
According to WorldoMeter, more than 2,600 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the UK as of Wednesday night. The death toll is now at 104. Italy is currently under lockdown, as it has become one of the hardest-hit countries since the outbreak emerged. The total number of cases in Italy has surpassed 35,000 with the death toll at around 3,000. The only other country that has had more confirmed cases is China.