Brampton man under arrest after COVID-19 scare Officers from

Officers from 22 Division have arrested a Brampton man after he claimed to have had contact with a person who had tested positive for COVID- 19. Police responded Monday morning to a business in Brampton after the owner informed them that one of his employees claimed that a family member had tested positive for the virus, leading the owner to shut down the business and send his employees home. Upon further investigation, police learned that the information in question was incorrect, and that no family members related to the worker were exposed to the virus. Police subsequently arrested a 39 year-old Brampton man, who was charged with one count of mischief. The suspect will appear in Brampton court at a later date to answer to the charges. Monday’s incident is not the first time an individual was charged for claiming to have COVID- 19. In February, a 28 year-old Vaughan man boarded a plane heading from Toronto to Jamaica, stood up during the flight and claimed that he had recently returned from Huhan Province in China, near the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. The flight, operated by Westjet, returned to Toronto to be checked for infectious diseases. The suspect was later charged with mischief and breach of recognizance, and appeared in Brampton court to answer to the charges on Mar. 9.

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