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

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.

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.

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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