Disinfo: 380 Belgians caught COVID-19 through a massive act of group sex

Summary

The Health Minister of Belgium has declared that she will forbid group sex activities, including more than three persons. The reason behind the decision is the highly contagious coronavirus.

The minister had to act resolutely, as Belgium had a reputation of “the binge drinking and group sex capital of Europe”.

The minister decided to forbid sexual acts, including three or more, as last week 500 people were taking part in a coronavirus party that turned into a mass orgy, and 380 of the participants caught the deadly infection.

Disproof

This is a satire which was misrepresented as factual information. The Belgium minister said no such thing.

The parody text first appeared in the World News Daily Report and was extensively debunked by the international media. It was relayed by a Russian humor account, and then uncritically reprinted by Nationalist Zavtra.

See a previous instance when the pro-Kremlin media has presented satire as facts.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Georgian
  • Country: Belgium
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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