LISBON (Reuters) – Portuguese police detained five people on Thursday after raiding health clinics allegedly exploiting the coronavirus pandemic by claiming “ozone therapy” prevents or cures the highly contagious disease.
In a statement, Portugal’s criminal investigation police agency, the PJ, said the suspects allegedly took advantage of the “fragility and vulnerability of people afraid of the virus or even infected”.
The clinics – not named by the PJ – may have contributed to the spread of the disease, the police said, adding they also conducted various tests, namely to detect the coronavirus, without holding a license or meeting the required standards.
Two men and three women aged between 32 and 62, all working in the health sector, were arrested and will appear before a court, the PJ said.
(Reporting by Catarina Demony; Editing by Nick Zieminski)