Disinfo: Coronavirus is a biological weapon

Summary

Coronavirus is a biological weapon and is distributed in the world primarily through artificial means. And then, through people infected with it, it is transmitted to others. If coronavirus is the result of the fact that in China “they eat something wrong,” it turns out that they eat wrong also in Italy.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about coronavirus as a biological weapon, also in line with narrative claiming that Americans have secret biological laboratories in many countries. A similar case, claiming that COVID-19 is a part of the hybrid war against China, can be found here. No evidence is given. According to the World Health Organisation, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Researches done so far show that it is a virus named ”zoonotic”, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people. Read more about coronavirus find here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Italy
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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Strange coincidence that areas around the 40˚parallell are mostly affected by Coronavirus

It is a strange coincidence that the areas most affected by the Coronavirus are at a latitude of 40°: Wuhan, France, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Seattle, Washington and New York.

Disproof

This is another conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons and the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The coronavirus (2019-nCoV) comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. A group of 27 prominent public health scientists, from nine countries, wrote a statement published online by the Lancet, that "strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin", and they “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife,” just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans.

There are reasons to suspect that coronavirus is a US biological weapon

There are more than enough reasons for suspicions that the coronavirus is a US biological weapon. The time and place are too well-chosen to be a coincidence.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction. There are numerous similar disinformation cases about coronavirus claiming that this virus is a US provocation against China, Coronavirus is a tool to weaken the Chinese economy, Coronavirus is an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China.

The US power elite is using the coronavirus as a biological weapon in order to reduce the world’s population

The coronavirus is a US biological weapon. Both the beneficiaries of biological weapons (financial speculators) and the managers of such weapons are in the US. The US elite possesses a complete arsenal of biological weapons. The use of these weapons is an aspect of US hybrid warfare against economic sectors that the Americans do not control. The US elite itself is safe from this virus. At the same time, it is armed not only with information technology, but also with biological weapons and with an enormous arsenal to manipulate International financial markets. Primitive Malthusian ideas prevail among the US élite: the idea that the planet cannot survive with such a high population is constantly repeated. People of the “yellow race” are victims of the virus (China, Japan, Korea). In Europe, the victims are mostly the elderly, that is, people with reduced immunity, who are traditionally viewed as “dead weight” by the US elites’ money-dominated ideology.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is presented to support the article’s claims. Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the 2019-nCoV 2019-nCoV coronavirus, that claims the virus was created by the US as a biological weapon, as well as recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the secret elites, “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that manipulate global politics, economics and finance, robbing nations of their sovereignty and identity, crushing economies and threatening traditional values. The current coronavirus (2019-nCoV) comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asian-Pacific region a well as Europe, North America and the Middle East. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed or disseminated artificially. Read similar disinformation cases claiming that the US is behind the spread of Coronavirus, that the US military might have released the coronavirus to challenge China and that coronavirus is a new US biological weapon against China.