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Canada Coronavirus: Man who coughed on Edmonton bus driver, transit police charged with assault

22:46  06 april  2020
22:46  06 april  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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a bus that is sitting on a chair in a room: An Edmonton man has been charged under the Public Health Act. © Adrian Raaber / Global News An Edmonton man has been charged under the Public Health Act.

A 38-year-old man is facing numerous charges, including two counts of assault, after repeatedly coughing on an Edmonton bus driver and transit officers before disclosing he had tested positive for COVID-19.

In a news release Monday, Edmonton police said the man has been charged under the Public Health Act.

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Southwest patrol members responded to a reported assault involving a passenger on an Edmonton Transit bus parked near Southgate mall at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Police were told that transit peace officers were trying to arrest a suspect who was involved in a physical altercation with another passenger on the bus. The driver pulled over after seeing the fight break out.

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"At that point, it is alleged that the accused entered the bus driver's enclosure and repeatedly coughed on the bus driver," EPS said in a news release.

"Police were also told that the accused coughed on the transit peace officers during their arrest, before acknowledging he had tested positive for COVID-19."

Daniel Black, 38, has been charged with two counts of assault, assault of a peace officer, and contravening an order of the chief medical officer under the Public Health Act.

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Black is scheduled to appear in court on June 16.

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Last week, police and peace officers across the province were given the go-ahead from the Alberta government to enforce public health orders in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means people and businesses who do not adhere to the Public Health Act orders in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus could face hefty fines -- anywhere from $1,000 to $500,000, depending on the circumstances.

Edmonton police stressed that people should stay home and adhere to pandemic protocols if they are showing symptoms and/or have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Citizens found in contravention of these orders can be charged.

Public complaints about non-compliance with any of the chief medical officer of health's orders should be made online; not to 911, which is for emergency situations only.

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