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N.B. man arrested for coughing in someone’s face ‘while feeling ill’: police

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A New Brunswick man is facing an assault charge after he allegedly uttered threats and “purposely” coughed on someone’s face “while feeling ill.”

The Kennebecasis Regional Police Force (KRPF) says their members were called to a home on Hampton Road in Rothesay, N.B., just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

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When they arrived, they learned there was a dispute over two people who were not properly self isolating following recent international travel, according to police.

They say one man was then arrested for uttering threats and coughing in someone’s face while feeling ill.

“During these difficult times, we ask everyone to respect the health and safety of all individuals, including first responders and health-care professionals by refraining from irresponsible and needless behaviours such as this,” read a KRPF press release.

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Police say the government of New Brunswick’s non-compliance branch has been notified.

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They say if anyone has concerns that someone is not self-isolating properly, they should not take matters into their own hands.

Instead, they are encouraged to call the COVID-19 non-compliance line at 1-844-462-8387 before 4:30 p.m., or email helpaide@gnb.ca after hours.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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