Police were forced to enter Friday as a crowd searched a corner of Brooklyn where the city was giving free COVID-19 tests at home.
Temperatures began to rise as larger-than-expected crowds descended on Flatbush and Church Avenue, one of five locations in Big Apple where city health officials were testing amid rising demand during the holidays. and lack of reserves.
Photographs of the scene showed crowd members raising their voices and pointing – and the police tried to calm them down.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio has opened about 120 city testing sites – and has several mobile testing facilities circling local streets – amid an unprecedented rise in the virus thanks to Omicron variants.
“We have opened the city’s new test site in all five municipalities and distributed the # COVID-19 test home to on-line waiters,” de Blasio said on Twitter. “Our team is working tirelessly to get you what you need.”
But it was not enough. And many sites were due to close early on Friday and Saturday, the city The Department of Health tweeted – make local people aware of the virus even more comfortable.
Angry New Yorkers have already talked a lot about delays at their sites, reporting long lines and inconsistent availability – and even prices.
Meanwhile, Omicron is raging across the Empire State, with 38,835 cases on Thursday alone – breaking the previous day’s record by about 10,000 cases.
The NYPD said it had no immediate information about Friday’s crowd at the Brooklyn site.