A man suspected of trying to sell the so-called ‘corona kits,’ which people can use to infect themselves with Covid-19, has been detained by police in the Netherlands.
A tube claiming it contained a Covid-19 liquid, and a test for coronavirus was included in the kit he provided through a dedicated site. This is according to an anti-fraud unit of Dutch Ministry of Finance (FIOD).
“Do you want to decide for yourself when to become infected with the coronavirus? With the corona kit you can make this choice yourself,”According to the promotion on the website.
The potential customers were promised fresh viruses that were no older than three months, so they could be “sure that the latest mutations and variants are included.”
Getting self-infected and overcoming the virus was a sure way of obtaining a certificate of recovery from the virus that – just like vaccination proof – allows attendance at various public venues, including restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, and others, the website said.
It didn’t mention that there was also a chance of not overcoming the disease and said nothing about the more than 20,000 people who have already succumbed to Covid-19 in the Netherlands since the start of the pandemic.
For 33.50 euro (approx. $38), the man offered to mail the virus directly to his buyers.
Police detained the suspect on Friday, and he was released that day. His website was blocked.
The FIOD stated that further investigation would determine if he actually intended to sell virus to people or merely wanted to swindle them money. The man has been charged with fraud.
“Anyone who infects themselves [with Covid-19] knowingly endangers public health,”Warning from the Anti-Fraud Unit