Disinfo: COVID-19 epidemic is fake, it is manufactured by media

Summary

We do not have a coronavirus epidemic. It does not exist anywhere in the world. This is a fake produced by WHO the fourth time in the last 20 years. The first fake epidemic was with SARS, which was also caused by the coronavirus. The second fake pandemic was bird flu. The third fake pandemic was swine flu. Now we are dealing with the fourth fake pandemic, which has no justification from a medical point of view. This is a media epidemic.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the COVID-19 outbreak. It also aims to discredit actions taken by the WHO and individual countries to stop the spread of the new disease.

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March, acknowledging that the virus had become a global phenomenon. Before that date, the situation was being described as an epidemic, illustrating that the virus had already spread to many people, and many communities, at the same time. As of 14 April, the total number of COVID-19 cases had passed 1.7 million.

COVID-19 comes from a family of viruses originating in animals 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 across the world, with cases being reported in over 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 global deaths has now passed 90,000.

See similar disinformation narrative alleging that the COVID-19 crisis is manufactured by media.

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  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Ukrainian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, WHO
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EU is only helping Ukraine to fight coronavirus with words

Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls up Merkel, discusses the Donbas and the fight against the virus, and asks for help. However, he realises that they can only help Ukraine with words. But perhaps it’s important for him to show that Europe is still with Ukraine.

Disproof

The recurring Kremlin disinformation narrative about 'abandoned' Ukraine, disintegration of the European Union.

The EU is continuing to support Ukraine even in the face of the global crisis caused by the pandemic. The first support package for Ukraine for the pandemic is approximately €80 million to support the health system. The EU will help address social issues: help older people, online education, child care and providing credit support to small and medium-sized businesses.

No Russian soldiers in Donbas

Former U.S ambassadors to Ukraine suggested on the site of the NPR that in the context of the coronavirus Russia could be pressured to give back Crimea to Ukraine and stop the conflict in Donbas. The Kremlin noted that Russia has no reason to leave the territory of the Donbas because it has never been there.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

The EU has condemned clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

It is the end of the European Union because of coronavirus

This confirms what everybody is thinking: this is it, the European Union is finished. Germany can help its people and is doing that. Italy cannot help its own people and is not helping it. It’s over, there is no European Union.

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This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse.

One of the main pro-Kremlin narratives relating to the pandemic is that the EU is failing to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and, as a result, is disintegrating, together with the border-free Schengen area. In particular, this narrative of failure and lack of EU solidarity is trending after the delivery of Russian aid to Italy.