A man who seemed to mock coronavirus by licking shelves at a supermarket has been arrested and charged for posing a "danger to life".

Cody Pfister, 26, from Warrenton, Missouri, teased "who is scared of coronavirus" in a Snapchat video before he licked a row full of toiletries including shampoos, deodorants and hand-washing liquids.

The video also had a strap on it that read: "I'm a nasty moths*****!!"

He's one of a number of pranksters who have apparently used the killer disease in attempts at becoming viral, including one who licked a toilet seat for attention in the latest "corona challenge".

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan slammed Pfister during his show on Monday.

Pfister, who was previously convicted of burglary and theft, was charged on Tuesday with with "knowingly causing a false belief or fear that a condition involving danger to life existed", according to court documents seen by the St Louis Post Dispatch.

He was also charged with "reckless disregard of the risk causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion".

Warrenton Police wrote on a Facebook post: "We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed."

As the pandemic continues to spread, world leaders have called for their people to practise good personal hygiene.

The UK government imposed a strict lockdown from Monday, March 23 which banned people from leaving their homes and meeting in groups of more than two people.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent text messages to every Brit to tell them to stay at home during the quarantine.

It came after more than 8,000 people were tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

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