MOSCOW, March 23 (RAPSI) – Investigators opened a probe into the infection disease chief officer of Russia’s Stavropol Krai Irina Sannikova, who had failed to go under the 14-day coronavirus quarantine after her return from Spain, the Investigative Committee’s press service reports Monday.

A criminal case has been launched over negligence and withholding information dangerous for health or life, the statement reads.

According to the investigation, on March 6, professor and external main infection illness specialist of the region behind the back of the ministry and her university fled to Spain. When returned on March 9, she did not inform her chiefs about the trip and was not placed under the quarantine to prevent the coronavirus spread.

She resumed her work in the university, took part in conferences, and attended other institutions and departments. Several days later, on March 17, she was hospitalized because of feeling unwell, where she tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Investigative Committee.