A cheating husband fears he'll be found out after he came down with coronavirus during a trip to Italy with his mistress, according to reports.
The unnamed patient, who is in his late 30s, told his wife he was off on a business trip somewhere within the UK.
But he was actually cavorting with another woman in Italy, the European epicentre of the pandemic, it has been claimed.
While he was there he caught the COVID-19 virus and once he was back in England he confessed to public health coordinators that he'd been in Italy and was at risk of exposure.
The man, described as "well-heeled and with a high-flying job", tested positive but refused to tell doctors his mistress' name even though she too could have the potentially deadly virus.
His wife believes he must have caught coronavirus from someone in the UK while on his "business trip".
Following government advice, she has now self-isolated at their home in the north of England.
"This patient is the talk of public health officials," a source told The Sun.
"His case would be funny if it wasn't quite so serious.
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"Despite his infection, he is expected to survive the outbreak, unlike his extra-marital relationship.
"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 cancelled – that would have taken some explaining.
"He's in a blind panic, but more about his adultery being exposed rather than his health."
Italy has been the hardest hit European country in the global pandemic, with the death roll rising by 16% in the last 24 hours to 2,503.
There are now 31,506 confirmed cases within Italy, mostly in the north. It has now been under lockdown for several days.
However, there are signs the spread of the disease could be slowing down with the latest increase in cases not as sharp a rise as it has been in the preceding days.
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