Denmark: Man imprisoned for coughing, shouting ‘corona’ at police


The incident occurred when the nation was underneath full coronavirus lockdown.

Denmark’s Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced a person to 4 months’ imprisonment for coughing at two law enforcement officials whereas shouting “corona” throughout a routine site visitors cease in March final 12 months.

The incident, which occurred when the nation was underneath full coronavirus lockdown, led to the defendant being arrested on costs of threatening behaviour, though he later examined destructive for COVID-19.

First acquitted in a neighborhood court docket, he was later convicted at Denmark’s Western High Court. At his Supreme Court enchantment towards that conviction, prosecutors sought a jail time period of three to 5 months.

Other comparable incidents had been reported in Denmark final 12 months, partly reflecting declining public belief within the authorities’s dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster, whereas comparable instances had been reported within the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

English and Welsh police forces registered 200 incidents every week of spitting or coughing at officers – normally preceded by the offenders saying they had been contaminated, an investigation final April by British every day The Telegraph discovered.

The Danish defendant, a person in his early twenties, was additionally convicted of fleeing the police following his preliminary questioning on the metropolis court docket.

More than 2,300 individuals have died with coronavirus in Denmark because the pandemic started, whereas the nation has recorded no less than 206,000 instances of an infection.

Meanwhile, in a controversial move, its authorities has stated it’s becoming a member of forces with companies to develop a digital passport that might present whether or not individuals have been vaccinated towards the coronavirus, permitting them to travel and assist ease restrictions on public life.

The announcement of the “digital corona passport” prompted protests in Copenhagen, during which demonstrators, many not sporting masks, rallied towards the move.