A man who coughed up and threatened a policeman with coronavirus was sentenced to six months in prison in the UK on Wednesday, a police statement said.
55-year-old Adam Lewis was convicted under a special law regulating attacks on rescue workers. It was introduced in November 2018 and has a maximum prison term of 12 months.
He was stopped after allegedly trying the door handles of cars in central London by a police officer on Tuesday afternoon, who then tried to stop and search him.
Lewis smashed a bottle of wine he was holding on the floor and verbally threatened the officer, according to a statement from the London Metropolitan Police.
"I am eager (19 positive) and I will cough in your face and you will get it," he said before he coughed the policeman.
Lewis then tried to spit in the officer's face and threatened to bite him, the mead said.
He was arrested and appeared on Wednesday before the Westminster Magistrates' Court.
Chief Superintendent Helen Harper said: "Although fortunately this type of attack is rare, the incident was terrible and if we encounter this type of unacceptable behavior we will be robust in our response.
"I hope that today's sentence sends a strong message that it will not be tolerated."
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