March 25, 2020
As the UK plunges into a draconian-style lockdown in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, fears for the safety of NHS staff have begun to emerge on social media.
Wild rumours have begun to surface online that staff working in the health sector are being targetted for their valuables and I.D cards as they commute to and from work to help fight the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Some online users have claimed that thieves have been trying to get hold of their identity cards in an effort to gain access to the NHS staff priority shopping hours.
The Metropolitan Police said they had not received any reports of muggings directed at staff.
On Tuesday, Emma Dalton took to Twitter to urge the police to increase their patrols around Queen Square in London, after a junior doctor was allegedly robbed that morning.
In her post she claimed: ‘Please increase patrols around Queen Square. The NHS staff are being mugged trying to get to and from work at that hospital this morning.’
After being asked by Camden Police if the mugging had been reported, the Twitter user went on to say: ‘It happened to a junior doctor there this morning, not me.
‘NHS staff entering and leaving the hospital keep being targetted by muggers for their valuables and their id cards on both Queen Street and Great Ormond Street.’
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:09 am