Bulgaria has been grappling with the outbreak of the coronavirus, and a police officer says he doesn’t want his life to be in danger.
Police have said they have recorded at least 14 deaths and 10,000 infections in the country.
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, says he is still in shock over the news.
“This is a country of peace, of tranquility, of security.
I don’t think anyone wants to die.
I have a strong feeling for my fellow citizens,” Gruevskis government said in a statement.
The Interior Ministry said police were investigating the death of a man in his 40s who died of the virus.
But the police officer, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said he has been arrested for “attempting to kill and spread” the virus by spreading misinformation online.
“I want to ask you to tell the truth.
I want to tell you the truth, that I don, and will never, kill anyone,” the officer said.
Bulgarian police have been investigating the deaths of at least 15 people linked to the coronivirus outbreak, which has killed 1,700 and infected 1.5 million people.
A police officer stands next to an image of a bloodied victim after the outbreak, in the village of Krasnoyarsk in southern Bulgaria, February 5, 2017.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Nikola Grüvski said on Sunday he would be willing to accept an arrest warrant for an unnamed individual who has been involved in the virus outbreak.
The man, who is suspected of being the source of a viral infection, has been detained, the Interior Ministry told reporters on Sunday.
The arrest came after a local official reported that the man had been detained and that police were “looking into the possibility” that he was involved in a fatal attack, the ministry said in an update on its website.
The Interior Minister, Bogdan Burov, said in his first statement on the outbreak on Friday that the government was investigating “people who spread misinformation” online.
Authorities are investigating whether a Bulgarian national has spread the virus to his colleagues.
It’s not clear how widespread the outbreak is, but the government has blamed a virus dubbed the “bio-bablast virus” for spreading among local officials and the public.
Bulgatia has reported a sharp rise in infections in recent days.
The country has a population of more than 6 million.