Disinfo: Germany admitted that they lied about coronavirus

Summary

The Minister of Health of Germany admitted that he lied about coronavirus and there is no control over the outbreak in the country. He admitted that the country has an epidemic of coronavirus, and panic began in Berlin.

Disproof

This is a manipulation of a statement by the Minister of Health of Germany, Jens Spahn, designed to spread panic. The German Minister of Health has indeed announced that he expects a serious spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing COVID-19 in the country. “We are at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Germany,” he said. However, he also announced the creation of a crisis headquarters in the country. First of all, it is about stopping the chains of infection by already infected people, both within Germany and from abroad. Moreover, Minister of Health Jens Spahn emphasised that in about 80 percent of virus detection, the COVID-19 disease effects are mild or even symptom-free.

As of 16 March 2020, 6 012 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been confirmed in Germany. German experts currently rate public health risks as high in Germany. 

Read more cases that Media is spreading panic about coronavirus to divert attention from unpopular issues like Brexit and that Coronavirus is an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
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Brussels uses Russophobia as a uniting idea to prevent the EU’s collapse

Following the destruction of Iraq and Libya by the EU and NATO as instructed by the US, the EU faced large flows of refugees from the Middle East and Northern Africa. The increase in popularity of Euroscepticism due to the migration crisis posed a challenge to the EU’s existence. To address it, Brussels took Russophobia as a cementing idea. Lately it has taken the form of history falsifications, especially when it comes to WWII. Following Brexit, only those countries remain in the EU which either fought against the USSR with Hitler, or supported the Nazis economically. Since at the moment of the Nazi Germany invasion against the USSR in 1941, the largest European economies were under Germany, the USSR was de facto attacked by a united Europe headed by Adolf Hitler.

Disproof

This is conspiracy and a mix of groundless claims and manipulations aimed to discredit the EU and the West as a whole. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about ubiquitous Russophobia. Read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and look at earlier disinformation cases, alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network.

The message also uses the accusation of Nazism and alleged association to Hitler, which is one of the commonly used techniques of pro-Kremlin outlets, as explained in our past analysis.

Europe justifies the Munich Agreement with Hitler

Until recently it was unthinkable that the fierce debates on the reasons and consequences of WWII will take place in Europe, which equates the USSR and Nazi Germany. And is doing it as if there was no “Munich” before the “Pact”. Where to find objective history? The truth is revealed in a Cambridge Scholars Publishing book called “History of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy in the 20th Century”. It restores realism in international relations.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany throughout 1930s.

The Munich Agreement (signed 30 September 1938), did indeed permit German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. World War II began in Europe on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, knowing that the Soviet Union did not oppose them and would also invade Poland from the east. Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on 3 September.

Accusations of Russian interference in US elections is a PR campaign

We cannot exclude the possibility that accusations of Russian interference in US elections are a Democratic PR-campaign, where everything is based on repeating the same accusations again and again. Those who are familiar with the findings of the Mueller-investigation no longer believe the tales about Russian hackers.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative denying Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election.

Before the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 election had already been established by US intelligence agencies. Thus, the Special Investigation was primarily concerned with "whether any Americans […] joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election" (p.2).