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Shirtless man deliberately coughs on NSW supermarket worker in ‘disgusting act’

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NSW Police have now released images of a man they wish to speak to.

Police are searching for a man accused of deliberately coughing on a supermarket employee in the NSW Hunter region.

About 7.30pm on Tuesday a man and woman approached a worker who was helping customers adhere to social distancing rules.

The pair approached the register where the employee was standing, before a verbal altercation occurred between the man and the female employee and he deliberately coughed on her.

Police say this man deliberately coughed on a supermarket worker in regional NSW.

NSW Police have now released images of a man they wish to speak to who may be able to assist with their investigation.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170-180cm tall, with a shaved head, and goatee-style facial hair. At the time, he was shirtless, wearing cream shorts and black thongs.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, urges anyone with information to come forward.

"This kind of dangerous behaviour needs to stop immediately. It's potentially putting the lives of workers and their families at risk," he said.

"This isn't a time to practice poor hygiene habits.

"For a disgusting act like this, you could find yourself charged with common assault and jailed for up to two years," Mr Elliott said.

A number of restrictions have been implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus.

NSW Police can issue an on-the-spot fine of $1,000 to people not respecting social distancing rules and can fine businesses $5,000.

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How is coronavirus transmitted?

The human coronavirus is only spread from someone infected with COVID-19 to another. This occurs through close contact with an infected person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands or surfaces.

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What are the symptoms of someone infected with coronavirus?

Coronavirus patients may experience flu like symptoms such as a fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing involved minimising contact with people and maintaining a distance of over one metre between you and others.

When practicing social distancing, you should avoid public transport, limit non-essential travel, work from home and skip large gatherings.

It is okay to go outdoors. However, when you do leave home, avoid touching your face and frequently wash your hands.

Source: 9News

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