A Cambridgeshire police officer has tested positive for Covid-19 after being spat at by a suspect earlier this month, the BBC reports.
The suspect spat at the officer and then told them they had the virus at about midnight on January 6 in Soham, Cambridgeshire.
The officer was attending an incident where there was “concern for a person”.
Cambridgeshire Police Federation chair Liz Groom confirmed that both the suspect and the officer “did have coronavirus”, but added it couldn’t definitively be proved the officer got the virus from the suspect.
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Chief Constable Nick Dean said he was “disgusted” to hear of the incident and that it “puts into perspective the dangerous nature of policing”.
Groom said: “It seems a bit of a weapon to some people – it’s that extra threat ‘I’ve got coronavirus’ and then they spit.
“You can imagine the stress and the anxiety that causes the officer and also their family.
“The officers have families at home and what they don’t want to do is go home and infect their family as well.”