Aggression on the rise near Covid-19 test points

Anger and aggression are increasingly present near Covid-19 testing points, and State Police are even investigating a case of a courier being beaten severely near one facility, Latvian Television reported April 13.

The incident at one of the mobile Covid-19 test points occurred on Easter Monday. The establishment has asked not to reveal the location.

“On April 5, at 20.00, the State Police received information about an aggressive man. The man was detained. His activity had been filmed on his phone. Two administrative proceedings have been launched,” revealed representative of the State Police Egils Ezis.

The cause of the conflict was already known to the testing point staff. Before that, the man also filmed the activity of the establishment, carrying out tests and medics taking their breaks on the street.

The man who was aggressive with the courier is facing two fines of up to five hundred euros for causing minor bodily harm and for damaging the car. The police will also assess whether this administrative case could qualify as a criminal offence. Then the punishment can be harsher. 

Aggression is also felt at other testing points, with doors being yanked and kicked. Anger is also expressed by those who need a test due to a planned vacation. Finding out they have to pay for a test for this purpose, those who have planned a trip sometimes turn their anger towards the medics who carry out the tests.

Psychiatrist Māris Taube points out that each crisis has phases, and this crisis is too prolonged.

“There was solidarity and help at first, but now the medics are no longer associated as being rescuers,” said Taube. “Unfortunately, the issue of vaccines did not settle in the way they wanted. It is protracted. People are on the brink of exhaustion. Now it's the hardest time,” Taube said about the situation.

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