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Police hunt masked suspect accused of giving strangers ‘COVID hugs’ at Walmart

COPS are hunting for a covidiot said to be giving strangers hugs and telling them “you now have COVID” in a Massachusetts Walmart.

 “He told the victim, ‘Just giving you a COVID hug.  You now have COVID,’” officers with the Springfield Police Department said in a press release.

Cops said that the victim, who is a cancer survivor, reported the man to cops and said that he took items out of their hands and hugged them before walking away laughing.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is pictured wearing a black face mask, an Aero shirt and camouflage shorts.

The incident occurred on Aug. 15, but he had also given out hugs to other customers, cops said.

Police are seeking to bring the man in on charges for assault and battery and making terroristic threats, reported.

Throughout the pandemic, numerous accounts have been reported of people doing alarming things while claiming to have the coronavirus.

In March, a Pennsylvania grocery store had to throw out $35,000 worth of food after a woman was seen intentionally coughing all over the produce section.

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