The man deliberately coughed at two colleagues “as a joke” after discovering being ill with COVID-19.

On 18 September 2023, a court in Singapore condemned to jail a cleaner who, while he was infected with COVID-19 in October 2021, deliberately coughed at two colleagues.

One of his colleagues was even experiencing kidney issues and had undergone dialysis, thus being a particularly weak subject. The defendant discovered being ill one morning at work and, after testing positive, was ordered to go home. However, before going home, he sought his two colleagues and coughed at them while leaving their room.

The defendant told in court that the coughing was intended as a joke, but the prosecutor failed to see the humour in the matter and instead pointed out that, in October 2021, Singapore was experiencing a wave of new cases, thus requiring a strengthening in the prevention measures.

The defendant pleaded guilty but was sentenced to two weeks of jail.

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