Belgian Man Detained After Video Of Him Wiping Saliva on Subway Handrails Goes Viral

The gross clip has been viewed millions of times.

It’s not the sight you want to see while worrying about coronavirus.

A Belgian man has reportedly been detained after video of him wiping his saliva all over subway handrails went viral.

The disgusting clip was shared over Twitter over the weekend and viewed millions of times.

It showed the man, who appeared to be inebriated and holding a beer can, wearing a medical face mask, which he then removes to stick his fingers in his mouth; he then slowly and purposefully wipes his spit up and down the vertical pole.

The public transport operator STIB confirmed afterwards the entire carriage had to be removed from service and disinfected.

"The man (in a state of inebriation) was stopped by police and by our security services," the company said, per Brussels Times.

"The metro wagon was pulled from circulation to be disinfected," it added. "Our metros are cleaned every day."

On Wednesday, Belgium’s number of coronavirus cases swelled to 314, while the country also recorded its first fatality, when a 90-year-old woman succumbed to the virus.

"Once again we see an increase in the number of new cases," Belgium’s FPS Public Health said. "Our hospitals are also seeing more people with lower respiratory tract infections. This may indicate the start of a real epidemic in our country."

Worldwide, the number of cases has passed 115,000, with more than 4,200 recorded deaths.

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