Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck

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.

People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
New Yorkers are hoping to get a free COVID-19 test kit.
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People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised that all New Yorkers who are “waiting in line” will receive the COVID-19 test kit.
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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.

People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
A city health official carefully provided a free COVID-19 test box at home while people trampled each other.
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People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
An angry man called the city health authorities after the free COVID-19 home test was no longer available.
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“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.

People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
A man persists on a free COVID-19 test at home.
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People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
People were expected to take a free COVID-19 test at home while New Yorkers waited in long lines at private test sites.
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People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
NYPD officers were deployed to monitor hostile crowds who were worried about free COVID-19 testing.
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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.

People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
NYPD officers are trying to control a worried crowd waiting for their free COVID-19 test at home.
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People rushed to get free COVID-19 test kits from city health officials on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on December 24, 2021.
No injuries were reported in the crowded incident.
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The NYPD said it had no immediate information about Friday’s crowd at the Brooklyn site.

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