Police have charged a man after he allegedly pretended to be infected with coronavirus before they claim he deliberately coughed on a NSW Police Force employee.

NSW Police say that the incident occurred at Coffs Harbour Police Station at around 2:30pm on Tuesday March 24.

They allege that a man entered the station and approached a 71-year-old general station officer before deliberately coughing on her.

The man claimed to have tested positive to COVID-19 while a friend allegedly filmed the incident.

Following the man’s claims, the police station had to be closed and isolation protocols were put in place.

Police say that following inquiries it was revealed that the man did not have the virus.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the station, where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, and resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty.

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He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court in May.