Nurses in Australia issue plea against violence, theft of sanitizer and masks

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Nurses and midwives in Australia say they’ve had to take extraordinary measures to stop people from stealing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as sanitizer and masks, and that some of them have even become targets of violence.

In a statement on its website, the [New South Wales] Nurses & Midwives’ Association issued a plea to the community as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country exceeded 2,300, with 8 COVID-19 deaths.

“Please do not treat nurses, midwives and other health workers like they are infectious,” the union said, adding bold text for emphasis. “These trained professionals should be respected and must not be abused, spat on or assaulted as they move through our communities, to and from their workplaces.”

The message comes as police in New South Wales Thursday issued an appeal for information in an incident in which a woman wearing a nursing uniform was approached by another woman, who allegedly coughed on her, verbally abused her and then punched her in the face, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

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