Is it illegal to cough on someone during UK coronavirus pandemic? – The Sun

PEOPLE claiming to have coronavirus who intentionally cough at emergency workers could face time in prison.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was "appalled" by "vile" and "illegal" incidents where police and other emergency service staff were threatened by those who may have the disease.

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How are the CPS responding?

“STOP IT: The CPS is appalled by reports of police and others being deliberately coughed at by people claiming to have coronavirus.

“This is not only vile but illegal and we will not hesitate to prosecute people for it,” the CPS said in a statement on Twitter.

How will people be punished for coughing on others?

Such behaviour is illegal and assaults specifically against emergency workers are punishable by up to 12 months in prison.

Coughs directed as a threat at other key workers or members of the public could be charged as common assault.

Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: “Emergency workers are more essential than ever as society comes together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am therefore appalled by reports of police officers and other frontline workers being deliberately coughed at by people claiming to have Covid-19.

“Let me be very clear: this is a crime and needs to stop. The CPS stands behind emergency and essential workers and will not hesitate to prosecute anybody who threatens them as they go about their vital duties.”


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Who has already been charged?

Darren Rafferty, 45, yesterday admitted three counts of assaulting an emergency worker after claiming to have coronavirus and directing coughs at Metropolitan Police officers arresting him for another offence.

And David Mott, 40, was jailed yesterday after threatening to spit at police in Blackburn who had asked him what he was doing out with two others after the Prime Minister’s announcement of stricter social distancing rules on Monday night.

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