Disinfo: Coronavirus epidemic is provoking the collapse of globalisation and of the open society

Summary

The coronavirus epidemic is the decisive moment in the collapse of globalisation and in the destruction of the unipolar world. The pandemic has buried globalisation, the open society, and the global capitalist system.

The virus has destroyed the major myths underpinning globalisation, such as the myths claiming that open borders and interdependence among countries are beneficial, that international organisations are capable of dealing with emergency situations, that the global economy can cope with grave challenges.

The coronavirus pandemic is a turning point in world history. As a result of the pandemic, the world order is crumbling, liberalism and its total ideological domination are coming to an end, and a multipolar world is coming into being. The coronavirus has brought death, suffering, horror, panic, pain but it is also ushering in the future.

Disproof

Emerging pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that the coronavirus pandemic will soon lead to the breakdown of globalisation and the collapse of the global economic system.

The narrative of  “imminent collapse”  is one of the core instruments of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets, used to spread demoralisation and self-doubt among target audiences, as well as to sow discord, panic, and diminish trust in national authorities, the EU and international institutions.

The article provides no evidence to support its sweeping, apocalyptic claims. The Covid-19 pandemic - which is closing borders, severely restricting travel and disrupting supply chains - will provoke a global recession, but it will not be able to stop the globalising trend of recent decades. Globalisation has brought significant benefits for billions of people, and most of the world will not be eager to do away with easy travel and the free movement of people, goods and capital. Covid-19 will likely bring about a new phase in globalisation, but not its breakdown.

The coronavirus crisis, as well as future pandemics, can be effectively brought under control only by deepening transnational cooperation. Such collaboration is already underway in the scientific and medical community, which is accelerating its efforts to understand the virus and discover a cure. While short-term quarantine is essential to stop epidemics, nationalist isolationism will lead to economic collapse without offering any real protection against infectious diseases.

Read here a previous case claiming that the coronavirus represents the end of globalisation.

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  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: Geopolitica.ru
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Areas most affected by coronavirus are at the 40 degrees north latitude

Isn’t it strange that the areas most affected by the coronavirus are at the same latitude? About 40 degrees north latitude. Is it a coincidence or some mysterious artificial influence?

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Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. One of many recurring disinformation narratives about the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus.

On March 12, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Biocon tweeted a viral image (archive link). Several users have shared on Twitter and Facebook. The viral claim lists four cities – Wuhan, Seattle, Washington and New York along with five countries – France, Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan while claiming that “all worst affected coronavirus [Covid 19] cases are along the same Latitude 40°.”

Coronavirus was spread around the world from the US biological laboratories

The coronavirus was spread from the worldwide US biological laboratories.

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Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. Conspiracy about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons and that the hat the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon. It 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. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally with over 14,000 deaths by 23 March 2020. Cases have been reported in 190 countries, territories and areas.

The coronavirus came from the US biological laboratories to kill a large number of people

The coronavirus is a new development from the biological laboratories of the Pentagon. Since 2017 it has been known that the Pentagon operates biolabs around the world, located on the borders of Russia, China and Iran.

Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that the USA has released the virus on its main enemy China in order to test its deadly virus on humans or even simply to kill a large number of people. In recent years, the USA has established itself as the number one mass murderer, establishing entire terrorist militias such as Al-Qaeda or IS across borders, only to rush to the rescue as the world’s police force as the saviour from terrorism.

In view of these connections, such a presumption to spread deadly viruses in China and around the world is not far-fetched.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons and that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made, in this case, made by the US, the Pentagon.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon. It 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. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally with over 14,000 deaths by 23 March 2020. Cases have been reported in 190 countries, territories and areas.