Man Charged for Breaking Quarantine in Italy to Catch ‘Pokémon’

HANOVER, GERMANY – JULY 15: A young players holds his smartphone while playing “Pokemon Go” on July 15, 2016 in Hanover, Germany. 1.200 players have participated in the night walk through the city centre until midnight. “Pokemon Go” is a mobile game for smartphones, it uses advanced reality and geo-data to integrate the player in his search for new monsters or opponents within his location. The player now has to walk through the city, instead of spending time in front of a computer. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

An Italian man has been charged for breaking quarantine in Italy to allegedly play “Pokémon Go” as Italy faces a country-wide lockdown due to COVID-19.

The 31-year-old man, whose name was not revealed, encountered the Italian Carabinieri (Italy’s main police force) while he was out with his daughter playing “Pokémon Go” in San Fermo, a small town in northern Italy, during the quarantine, according to Italian news site Leggo via Business Insider.

“I have to hunt the Pokémon,” the man told authorities when he was asked why he disregarded the country’s lockdown rules. He was later charged for his actions.

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Italy has surpassed China and it is now a country with the second-highest amount of infections with 101,739 cases as of the time of writing, according to Worldometers. It also has the highest death count among all the affected countries with 11,591 in total since its first reported case on Jan. 29.

The country has been placed under a strict lockdown since March 10 after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made a nationwide order. Those who are inside the country are not allowed to leave their homes after 6 p.m. as authorities also placed a ban on public events.

Globally, the number of confirmed cases has reached 752,854, the death toll has reached 36,230, and 158,769 people have fully recovered from the virus.

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