Disinfo: COVID-19 pandemic is bacteriological warfare to remake the world

Summary

This [the COVID-19 pandemic] is a bacteriological war. Not everything is so simple, that it is not a natural virus. This is all done for revision of the world, but something went wrong.

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An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that the coronavirus pandemic and the virus that caused it is man-made.

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 190 countries, territories and areas. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 400,000 globally with over 18,000 deaths (with 6,820 in Italy alone) by 25 March 2020.

See similar claims that the COVID-19 pandemic is a pretext to get control over the world's population and the ruling elites' alternative to a World War.

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, health
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Ukrainian police desperate to catch hundreds of people possibly infected with coronavirus

In Kyiv, police tried catching hundreds of people who might be infected with coronavirus. On March 24, a train from Riga arrived in the Ukrainian capital. There were around 700 passengers in the train and many of them had a fever. The police cordoned off the platform and the doctors were prepared to take people to the hospital, but passengers rushed around the corner to the exit

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Disinformation surrounding the coronavirus.

The Security Service of Ukraine said that all passengers from the Riga-Kyiv train underwent a temperature screening. The health conditions of 5 passengers raised additional questions from the doctors, so they did rapid tests for coronavirus infection. However, the results of the express tests were negative," the SSU noted.

COVID-19 is an act by the British as part of operation “Coronavirus”.

The coronavirus is the work of the British. The United Kingdom has deliberately spread the virus, through three different strains, in China, Iran and Italy. The virus was developed by the terrorist organisation Gladio.

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Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that the coronavirus is a man-made biological weapon.

There is a consensus in the scientific community that the COVID-19  originated from wildlife, and was not developed by humans. In particular, it has been reported by Chinese researchers from the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, that the potential origin of the virus could be from pangolins. This was announced to reporters at a press conference on 7 February 2020.

UN expert: COVID-19 is an American “witches’ brew”

Former UN expert said that the COVID-19 virus was created by the US in 2015. Virus-related research is going on in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which is allegedly similar to the Japanese WWII unit labelled 731, used to experiment with biological weapons. The Chinese state-run Global Times notes that the US is working on similar experiments in the Walter Reed Center, where the COVID-19 was born. Chinese authorities officially announced that the virus is of American origin, which is proven by the fact that the US launched an information war on China to emphasize that “anything bad originates from China.” The expert said that the Chinese do not have definitive proof, but “indirect facts indicate that the US has something to do with the creation of bacterial weapon.” One proof is that CDC head told the House of Representatives that in some autopsies in the US, they believed the patient died of the flu, but it was later found that they died of the coronavirus. Allegedly, this signals that the “zero patient” was from the US. The Chinese think that the US delegation sent to partake in the International Army Games in Wuhan was responsible for carrying the virus to China.

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Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

Reference to a commentator who is usually presented as a former inspector of the UN Commission on Chemical, Bacteriological and Biological Weapons. In this case, he is presented as a UN expert. According to Russian website “the Insider”, he has no connection with the UN.