People accused of assaulting emergency workers will be denied bail under new plans to better protect workers on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus.

The changes would see the presumption of bail removed, with bail only granted when there are very strong reasons to let those accused out.

State Attorney-General Vickie Chapman will introduce the plans to parliament this week, The Advertiser reports.

“The presumption of bail is an important part of our legal system,” Ms Chapman told The Advertiser.

“However, there is an obvious heightened risk to the health and safety of our community at this time.”

Medical practitioners, nurses, midwifes and police would be among those sought to be protected by the new laws.

A man was arrested last week for allegedly coughing in the face of a police officer and claiming to be carrying the deadly virus.

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