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Six videos have emerged on the internet showing people coughing and spitting on others in apparent attempts to expose others to coronavirus. One video shows, an angry woman spitting on a pharmacist after engaging in an argument while another shows a person licking a paper and the counter area of what looks like a hospital reception. Moreover, two videos show people spitting on elevator buttons, and in one video we can see a Chinese passenger was wrestled into her seat by a plane's cabin crew after she allegedly coughed on them.
Responding to these incidents, four Chinese authorities; the National Health Commission, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, and the Ministry of Public Security released a joint statement which stated that anyone involved in illegal acts including spitting on other people will face severe punishment. Coronavirus can be spread from person to person via a sneeze or cough, and the virus is highly contagious.
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