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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced a $5000 fine for anyone who spits or coughs on frontline workers. Follow the latest in our free live blog here:

9/04/2020 7:51:00 AM

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced a $5000 fine for anyone who spits or coughs on frontline workers. Follow the latest in our free live blog here:

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Does it includes chinese chinavirus Fines are not enough, there should be public naming & shaming for each individual & having their details record on file for any future applications for loan/credit, travel visas, & welfare, passport, mobile, drivers license applications. Actions should have long term consequences

Should be jail. It’s like the blood filled syringes during the AIDS epidemic. It’s a despicable act. And self-isolation. In jail. For two weeks minimum. Considering a spit could be a death sentence it should be charges of attempted murder. Not enough, should get jailtime as well. 5k for another 'Health Hazzard' - time for criminal implications such as 5+ year mandatory minimum sentences which cover all front line workers during a pandemic. The Coles worker is as much of as value as the Police Officer BradHazzard ScottMorrisonMP auspol coronavirus

Hazzard should be fined $5000 for every person he allowed to disembark the Ruby Princess! If anyone spits or coughs on me at work they better have their running shoes on . Otherwise what happens next is going to be messy and unpleasant Hmmmmm. spitting already covered by the Crimes Act, with special reference to police and paramedics, punishment up to 5 years, so why the update Brad Hazzard?

more n more coercive punitive fines It is a money machine for NSW They r disgraceful n greedy Anger is people's normal emotion Just because some1 is in front of a cop it means to suck up to d abuses that the cop spit Many cops r rude n agro as they have power they flaunt it As dictated via his holiday home on the North Coast.

Why is this less than the maximum fine for not following social distance? Why is it not assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm? Good. Dirty mongrels should be jailed!! should probably include supermarket and chemist store retail workers in that.

Coronavirus Australia live updatesIt could still be weeks before there is enough Australian data to model community transmission of coronavirus that will give health experts an idea of when restrictions can be lifted. you have HOTELS full of people you have locked up that would be a perfect data set but you have failed to test and failed on every level to use them as a proper source of data. 'Mighty helpful' I guess isn't it Scotty...🙄

Live: NSW Now: Minister caught staying at holiday house during coronavirus travel banMORNING BRIEFING: The NSW Opposition says Upper House leader Don Harwin must be sacked for travelling to his holiday house on the Central Coast in defiance of the Premier's pleas to stay home over Easter to curb the spread of coronavirus. Please call for sawing coveralls for our doctors! they need not only masks,but coveralls, we can saw them this is faster than waiting for the orders, they are better than nothing while waiting ordered to arrive. Since when is Dutton spin newsworthy. Blame anyone but me shouts the imbecile. Sounds like a trumper.

Coronavirus Australia live blogScott Morrison has warned coronavirus lockdowns won't be lifted any 'time soon' and now one state leader says he 'won't hesitate' to bring in stage four restrictions. Deport immediately. They had the all clear from the CCCP and have inside information on the effects of the virus. Inside of finding them, seek their advice on how to beat it😏 A group of 'Chinese' are not necessarily from PRC, aren't they?

Coronavirus updates LIVE: New York coronavirus deaths surpass 9/11 toll, Wuhan re-opens after 11 week lockdownIf you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

Coronavirus updates LIVE: New York coronavirus deaths surpass 9/11 toll, Wuhan re-opens after 11 week lockdownIf you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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