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Police are searching for a man accused of deliberately coughing on a supermarket employee in the NSW Hunter region.

About 7.30pm on Tuesday a man and woman approached a worker who was helping customers adhere to social distancing rules.

The pair approached the register where the employee was standing, before a verbal altercation occurred between the man and the female employee and he deliberately coughed on her.

NSW Police have now released images of a man they wish to speak to who may be able to assist with their investigation.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170-180cm tall, with a shaved head, and goatee-style facial hair. At the time, he was shirtless, wearing cream shorts and black thongs.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, urges anyone with information to come forward.

“This kind of dangerous behaviour needs to stop immediately. It’s potentially putting the lives of workers and their families at risk.

“This isn’t a time to practice poor hygiene habits.

“For a disgusting act like this, you could find yourself charged with common assault and jailed for up to two years,” Mr Elliott said.

Source: 9News

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