77-year-old fined for playing Pokemon Go amid coronavirus lockup in Spain

It may not be the best time to leave.


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the coronavirus the pandemic is the deadliest for the elderly and the spread of the virus throughout Spain is the second deadliest in the world. It is therefore not surprising that the Madrid police, applying city foreclosure measures, arrested a 77-year-old man on Sunday for going out in the city, TeleMadrid reports. The reason why the septuagenarian left his home? Before catching them all, of course.

Madrid police tweeted a photo of the 77-year-old banknote Monday. The man was arrested at 1:30 p.m. for “chasing Pokemon”, possibly in Pokemon Go, a mobile game that requires you to go out into the real world to catch virtual Pokemon. Hunting Pokémon on the streets, the tweet noted, was strictly prohibited.

Wednesday, the death toll in Spain, after reporting 738 new deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, surpassed China to become the second tallest in the world. The country, with a population of 46 million, recorded 3,434 deaths, more than the 3,285 deaths reported by China. The death toll in Italy is 6,820.

Spanish authorities announced a two-week national lockdown on March 14. Residents can leave the house to go to work, medical centers, banks, supermarkets and pharmacies. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Sunday said he wanted the lockout extended until April 11, pending parliamentary approval.

The enthusiastic Pokémon hunter from Spain isn’t the only one breaking the lock on new digital creatures. 31-year-old Italian man fined by police last week for playing Pokemon Go in public with his daughter, reports Italy Leggo. “I have to chase Pokemon,” the man reportedly told the police.

Niantic, the developer behind Pokemon Go, encouraged players to stay home. The game has been changed to make Pokémon appear more frequently, so players don’t have to go outside to find them. Incense, a in-game purchase that increases Pokémon spawn rates, has been reduced by 99% and now lasts twice as long. Raid events, which see hundreds of players coordinating to defeat and catch powerful Pokémon, have been canceled.


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