A MAN with coronavirus could face the death penalty after spitting on trolleys and doors in a Saudi Arabia shopping centre, it has been reported.
The unnamed suspect was arrested after workers spotted him spitting in the northern Saudi Arabian province of Hail according to Gulf News.
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While in custody the man, identified as a foreign national although his nationality was not disclosed, tested positive for COVID-19.
It is unclear whether the man was aware of his diagnosis when he spat in the shopping centre but Saudi cops allege he did it deliberately knowing he had a fever and are therefore charging him with attempted murder.
The Saudi authorities asked everyone who visited the affected store to immediately undergo a COVID-19 test.
Meanwhile, they are still scanning the CCTV footage to identify whether the suspect may have infected other areas.
As the global death toll exceeds 25,427, the country is under a nationwide curfew and movement between the 13 regions in the kingdom in banned.
As of March 27, Saudi Arabia has reported 1,012 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three related deaths, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.
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Schools and universities have been closed and congressional prayers at mosques banned.
Meanwhile in the UK, people claiming to have coronavirus who intentionally cough at emergency workers could face time in prison.
David Mott, 40, was jailed this week after threatening to spit at police in Blackburn.
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