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A Chinese man Tianxing Zhang whose stole coronavirus equipment has been arrested using the same equipment for illicit testing in Peru.
The 36-year-old man was arrested by Police in Lima on Sunday for illegally conducting rapid COVID-19 tests on the public.
It was gathered that he stole the newly-delivered kits from Peru’s health ministry and arrested at the Brena district.
He was about to take samples from two women at the door of their house when he was arrested, the police said.
He “was proceeding to carry out rapid tests for COVID-19 that he had stolen” from the Lima Sur health authority where he worked, according to a police statement.
Zhang was caught wearing a mask and a light blue medical apron at the time of his arrest by the state security police.
Both women had paid him to carry out a rapid home test, without health ministry approval.
Police said, “When questioned, he acknowledged he was not authorized to carry out this rapid test and that the Rapid Diagnostic Tests had been stolen from the Directorate of Integrated Health Network of Lima Sur where he had worked.”
Tianxing Zhang confessed to stealing COVID-19 equipment
Agency report says Zhang confessed to stealing two batches of the test to use, for monetary gain on people who suspected they were ill with the coronavirus.
The 25 COVID-19 tests stolen by Zhang were part of the 330,000 rapid tests kits acquired by President Martin Vizcarra and distributed to all parts of the country.
The South African country has carried out 45,272 rapid tests to April 12, recorded 193 fatalities.