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‘Now you have coronavirus’: Guelph man allegedly coughs on 2 women

Tougher charges to be laid against suspects who spit or cough on police
With COVID-19 now a major health threat, Vancouver police are warning that suspects who spit or even cough on officers will be charged with aggravated assault.

Guelph police say a 24-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly coughed on two women near the city’s downtown core.

According to police, the incident happened on April 9 at around 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of Wellington and Dublin streets.

Police allege a man walked up behind the women and coughed on them. He then laughed and said, “Now you have coronavirus,” police reported.

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The man was arrested a few minutes later and he’s been charged with causing a nuisance and breaching probation.

He was not identified by Guelph police and will make a court appearance in July.

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The news comes Guelph reports 69 confirmed cases of the novel of coronavirus and at least one death as of Tuesday morning.