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Townsville man charged after allegedly spitting at officer during coronavirus pandemic

By March 28, 2020 No Comments
A Queensland man who allegedly spat in a police officer’s face during a random breath test overnight has been charged with serious assault.
The 42-year-old driver allegedly became aggressive after police stopped him near a Townsville hotel on Wednesday night.
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The 42-year-old driver allegedly spat at the officer.(AAP)
The man was refused bail and will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The sickening attack came as officers were out in full force along the state’s border enforcing Queensland’s new coronavirus travel restrictions.
A Surf Life Saving Queensland Patrol captain also said he was abused when trying to enforce COVID-19 social distancing measures last weekend.
On Sunday Allen Hertel asked a large group of people – who were gathered in one spot at Mooloolaba beach – to keep their distance from each other.
He claims he was then abused and spat on by a man in the group.
“He was right in my face yelling at me,” he told 9News.
“I was disgusted by his reaction, especially towards a patrol captain who is just trying to do their job and keep the public safe.
“They’re not respecting these rules at all.”
The state’s total number of cases is pushing the 500-mark at 493 positive cases.
In the past 10 days the state’s total number of cases has increased sevenfold and two deaths have been recorded.

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

The symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are very similar, as they both can cause fever and respiratory issues.
Both infections are also transmitted the same way, via coughing or sneezing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus.
The speed of transmission and the severity of the infection are the key differences between COVID-19 and the flu.
The time from infection to the appearance of symptoms is typically shorter with the flu. However, there are higher proportions of severe and critical COVID-19 infections.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing involves 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.
– with reporting by AAP
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