Police in England arrested a woman after she posted a video of an alleged empty hospital in Gloucestershire and was heard asking where the “second wave” of CCP virus patients were.
Officials in the city told Gloucestershire Live that the woman, 46, was arrested in connection with the incident. The woman appeared to have filmed inside the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital before posting it online.
The unnamed woman was arrested on Dec. 29 on suspicion of a public order offence, authorities told the news outlet. The woman has since posted bail on the condition that she does not enter any National Health Service premises unless she has an appointment or an emergency.
“Following a number of reports in relation to a video filmed by a member of the public at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and posted online, officers arrested a 46-year-old woman yesterday (Tuesday 29 December) on suspicion of a public order offence,” officials said in a statement.
They added: “The woman has been bailed to return to police on 21 January, with conditions that she cannot enter any NHS premises or the grounds of any such premises, unless in the case of an emergency or to attend a pre-arranged NHS appointment.”
The video posted on social media featured the woman saying: “Where’s the second wave? Where’re all the people dying from the second wave?” She was referring to the “second wave” COVID-19 cases, which is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
“We’ve just been locked down in Gloucestershire into Tier 3, for this? For an empty hospital, look at it, this is a disgrace,” the unnamed woman asked. “To be honest I didn’t expect it to be this quiet,” the woman said and added: “I expected a few more people to be around.”
“All the people in our country desperately waiting for treatment, cancer treatment heart disease, honestly this is making me so angry,” she concluded.
A woman was arrested for filming this video of an empty hospital. This is not a crime. It is tyrannical to use the police to intimidate and harass whistleblowers. https://t.co/GMHrDyhnO2
— David Kurten (@davidkurten) December 30, 2020
London Mayoral candidate David Kurten posted a clip of the video.
He said the video is not tantamount to a criminal act.
“A woman was arrested for filming this video of an empty hospital. This is not a crime. It is tyrannical to use the police to intimidate and harass whistleblowers,” he wrote on Twitter.
Gloucester Royal Hospital issued a statement after the video went viral.
“Contrary to what you may have seen through ‘secret filming’ on Facebook, our hospitals are and remain extremely busy,” the statement said. “Filming patients who are waiting in A&E without their consent is both intrusive and upsetting as maintaining patient confidentiality is key to our hospitals being a safe space for you to receive the care you need.”