Partygoer with coronavirus who ‘infected’ almost a dozen people facing prison

A man who is believed to have infected 11 people with coronavirus at a party could be facing jail time.

Eric Torales, 24, from Argentina, had just returned from the US when he went to a party in the capital Buenos Aires.

There, he is thought to have spread the Covid-19 infection to 11 people including two elderly patients and a 15-year-old girl.

Now he could face up to 15 years in jail under the country's strict new quarantine laws.

Eric attended a family friend's 15th birthday party a day after the Argentinian government imposed a new law.

The law states that anyone who returns to the country from another place infected by coronavirus must self-isolate.

If prosecutors can prove he willfully spread the disease, the maximum term is 15 years.

He flew home on March 13 and went to the party in Moreno the next day, Argentinian news outlet Todo Noticias reports.

Also at the party were around 100 other guests of all ages.

Eric started having problems breathing five days after the party and was later placed in intensive care in hospital after testing positive.

A 15-year-old girl was also one of 11 infected, as well as two elderly people aged 79 and 76.

Authorities say at least 20 other party guests were placed under observation.

Health officials are now trying to track down anyone who may have had contact with Eric.

He was placed under house arrest after being discharged from hospital on Wednesday and was ordered to hand over his passport.

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Eric can now only leave the house for medical appointments.

Officials want to charge him with spreading a contagious disease and say he faces between three and 15 years in prison if he is found guilty of violating article 202 of the Penal Code.

So far, Argentina has seen some 589 cases of coronavirus, with 13 deaths.

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