Disinfo: One cause of Coronavirus: Gay marriage

Summary

One of the most egregious things that caused the spread of this [coronavirus] epidemic is the legalisation [of gay marriage].

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus mixed in with another popular pro-Kremlin disinformation theme of the moral degradation of the West

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformatiomn about the coronavirus, including claims that Bill Gates and George Soros are sponsoring it, that it is a UK, US or NATO creation and that the Americans have its cure, that it is an artificial disease which specifically targets Chinese DNA, that it was created with economic goals while big pharma companies are spreading panic for their own profit, that it is a biological weapon against Russia and China, that it will wipe out Ukraine’s population in a few days or that it was predicted by Nostradamus and others.

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Iraq
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, LGBT
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France does not have a health system

France does not have a health system.

Disproof

According to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the French population has a good level of health, with the second highest life expectancy in the world for women. The French state has a strong role in the health insurance system, which offers a high level of choice of providers.

Residents are covered through mandatory health insurance contributions, with optional private insurance available for those who want additional coverage. However, Government-funded agencies cover more than 75% of health expenditure in France.

There is no European solidarity, everyone is for himself

It turned out, there is no European solidarity. In Europe, everyone is for himself. The end of the pandemic is the end of the European Union in its current form. The EU will be different. Italy is in the most difficult epidemiological situation, and yet none of the countries in Europe helped it, only China. This shows that there is no united Europe. Each country is for itself. It is very likely that when the crisis with the pandemic passes, we will see Europe in a different, collapsed form.

Disproof

This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse. It also aims to pit EU member states against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity - another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic. There is no evidence to support the doomsday claim that the pandemic is resulting in the death or obsolescence of the EU.

To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector. To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47,5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks.

De-communised Ukraine only receives help from communist China

Ukraine is a decommunised country and now, in fact, the only state that expresses support and assistance, including masks and test systems, is communist China. And it’s okay, they take this help.

Disproof

One of the Kremlin's disinformation narratives about decommunisation in Ukraine and part of the ongoing disinformation campaign around the coronavirus and how it could change the world order.

China is not the only one helping Ukraine. On 26th March, the European Union agreed to assist Ukraine in the fight against the virus. The EU will provide support for the health care system, in solving social issues and credit support for small and medium sized businesses.