An Italian has been reported to police for fraud after he allegedly tried to pass a silicone mold for his arm so he could get a vaccination card without being vaccinated, according to reports.
The nurse who punched the man was not fooled, however. She said her arm was rubbery and cold and looked too light, so she reported him to the police despite being asked to look away, BBC News reported.
The man, in his fifties, was reportedly suspended from his work in the health sector because he refused to be vaccinated, which is compulsory in Italy.
The European nation has increased its restrictions on unvaccinated citizens; Italians must have a “super green pass”, which means they are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from the coronavirus, to travel to cinemas, gyms, train stations or restaurants.
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“The case borders on the ridiculous, if it were not for the fact that we are talking about a gesture of enormous gravity,” Albert Cirio, head of the regional government of Piedmont, said in a statement.
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He said the man’s alleged fraud was “unacceptable” because of the “sacrifices” the rest of the community made in the past two years during the pandemic, the BBC reported.