He returned from Miami, hid that he had covid-19 and was arrested in Ezeiza

Santiago Solans Portillo arrived this Sunday in Ezeiza from Miami on an American Airlines flight. The 29-year-old boy had gotten on the plane with an alleged certificate that claimed he had no symptoms. However, when stepping on Argentine soil, the Migrations thermal cameras detected that the man had a temperature that exceeded 38.5 degrees. A test later confirmed that the young man did have covid-19 and that he had lied when signing the affidavit. According to official sources, The young man would have traveled to the south of the state of Florida to be vaccinated against covid-19.

“He went to get vaccinated, he knew he had Covid and hid information to try to enter the country. Now he is detained and the sentence could be up to 15 years. Let us be responsible!”, Said the head of Migration, Florencia Carignano, in her personal account from Twitter.

The young man was detained before leaving the Ezeiza airport. When questioned by the airport police, Solans Portillo said that he was vaccinated and presented a document that said he had “neither signs nor symptoms of covid-19”. “You can travel back home,” announced the writing with the stamp of a supposed laboratory “Doctors Now”. However, was subjected to the test that must be carried out by all who enter the national territory, with which it was confirmed that it was covid-19 positive. In addition, a new sample was extracted to sequence and determine the type of variant.

The certificate presented by the young man said that he had no symptoms of covid-19 before traveling.

It was also learned that in the United States the young man had already been detected with coronavirus. This is stated in the report of the Noemi Health laboratory, dated April 30. But Solans Portillo decided to omit that information to board the plane in which 259 people and 12 crew members traveled.

The study that confirms that the young Argentine did know that he had covid-19

The case was in charge of Judge Federico Villena, of the Federal Court of First Instance in Criminal and Correctional Matters No. 1, of Lomas de Zamora. The magistrate ordered the preventive detention of Solans Portillo, who is currently isolated in a hotel in the City of Buenos Aires with police custody.

In addition, Villena announced that in this case Article 202 of the Penal Code could be applied, which defines the crimes of malicious propagation and culpable propagation of a dangerous and contagious disease. The expected penalty in case of being convicted is between 3 and 15 years, which can be aggravated if any of the passengers who shared flight AA931 are infected.

For its part, Migrations reported that it will fine the airline for having allowed Solans Portillo to board irregularly, since the PCR is a mandatory requirement to allow entry to the country.


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