In Ireland, a terrible new trend has emerged, among a group of clearly terrible people.
Within less than 48 hours, the Irish police force, An Garda Siochana have had to request 160,000 protective ‘spit hoods’ to keep them safe from thugs, who are deliberately spitting and coughing on them, as they try to reinforce the Covid-19 social distancing and other related laws. It seems that the police are not the only victims of this disgusting, and extremely stupid trend, as members of the public have also been reporting attacks. One man has been arrested, for deliberately spitting and coughing into the face of a policeman, following his arrest and will be charged with public order offences. It’s the first time someone has been charged with an offence linked to the Covid-19 crisis.
Another Dublin woman, Linda Cullen, has told how she wiped herself off with bleach after being spat and coughed on by two young boys while out for a walk. The TV producer was on the phone to her aunt, whilst walking by the sea, when two youths, aged roughly eleven and fourteen, spat on her and coughed into her face. Shocked and understandably distressed, she called the police. Meanwhile, Irish Health Minister, Simon Harris was also victim to a similar attack as he walked from his offices, on Dublin’s Lower Baggot Street. Blasting the sick trend as “disgusting”, he fumed, “This happened to me yesterday as I was walking from here to my Department. A man and woman on the street thought it was hilariously funny to come up and cough at me and then run off laughing.”
And a man accused of deliberately coughing into the face of a frontline health care worker has tested positive for Covid-19.
A police probe is currently underway after a hospital health worker was targeted in a similar case. The suspect – who has previous convictions – was suspected of targeting the hospital employee last week. It is alleged that he deliberately coughed at the woman, who is now in self-isolation, at a Dublin hospital after he refused to wear a mask when he claimed he had symptoms associated with coronavirus. The suspect was later tested at his home for the deadly virus, with the results showing this week that he was positive. He remains at the centre of an alleged assault and endangerment investigation by gardai.