Greece: COVID patient arrested for hospital respirator death

Police in Greece say a man being treated in hospital for COVID-19 has been formally placed under arrest on suspicion of homicide after a fellow patient was disconnected from a respirator and died

ATHENS, Greece -- A man being treated in a Greek hospital for COVID-19 was formally placed under arrest Thursday on suspicion of murdering a fellow patient who died after being disconnected from a respirator, officials said.

A police statement said the suspect, who was not identified, remains under guard at the Athens hospital to continue his treatment.

The patient, who was 76 and had also suffered from COVID-19, died late Wednesday after doctors at the Red Cross hospital discovered that a respirator he was using had been removed and unplugged without medical authority.

Both men had been sharing the same ward, a police statement said.