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Emergency medics forced to battle fake news as well as Covid

Latvia's emergency medical service  is warning the public not to fall victim to scurrilous fake news stories circulating on social media, written by persons unknown, and have turned to the police for help.   

"We invite you not to get caught! False messages are being spread on social networks, cowardly and falsely referring to the work of our service, with the aim of intimidating the public and putting obstacles in the way of us all succeeding in winning the battle with the Covid-19 virus," said the Emergency Medical Assistance Service (NMPD).

"The true intentions and goals of these people are not clear to the service. We only see that such stories are deliberately created and distributed to manipulate part of society," the NMPD said, utterly refuting claims about teenagers being taken to various hospitals.

"Every day, the medics of our service have to face death face to face... to see people overwhelmed with serious illness and suffering, or who have been severely mutilated in accidents. Our main and only task is to be ready and to save lives. There is no place and time for lies and manipulation in this world. We are very disappointed in those people who, through other insecurities, worries, or possibly a lack of information, manipulate so basely and openly," he NMPD said.

As the screenshots distributed on social networks clearly refer to untruths about the daily work of the service, the matter has been reported to the State Police.

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