Disinfo: The coronavirus infection is an information terrorist attack

Summary

COVID-19 is a planned information terrorist attack, there are no other signs, and we must draw very serious conclusions from this. Flu is a more dangerous infection, and many more people die from it.  

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the emergence of coronavirus in the world that echoes pro-Kremlin disinformation about the artificial creation of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which is a respiratory pathogen. WHO first learned of this new virus from cases in Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China on 31 December 2019.

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Since this disease is caused by a new virus, the vast majority of people do not yet have immunity to it, and a vaccine may be many months away. Doctors and scientists are working to estimate the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be substantially higher (possibly 10 times or more) than that of most strains of the flu.

There have been over 1,125,000 deaths reported worldwide. In the U.S, 221,083 people have died of COVID-19 between January 2020 and 21 October 2020. Meanwhile, The World Health Organisation estimates that 290,000 to 650,000 people die of flu-related causes every year worldwide.

Read similar cases claiming that COVID-19 is an ordinary flu epidemic and that media and politicians are fuelling hysteria, that governments are exaggerating the death toll of the coronavirus, and that coronavirus is ruling elites alternative to a world war.

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  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Terrorism, Conspiracy

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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It is not surprising that the protests in Belarus are steadily moving towards their increasingly inevitable failure. And by doing so, the republic will hammer its nail into the coffin of the worldwide myth of the colour revolution.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed 'colour revolutions', part of a campaign to portray massive mobilisations in Belarus as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad. No evidence is provided to support the allegations.

On the contrary, for the 10th weekend in a row, tens of thousands of protesters opposing long-time President Alexander Lukashenko marched through the capital despite threats of force from authorities to open fire.

Sputnik V criticism is pure politics

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Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, which was met with skepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists.

Reservations about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine are caused by the fact that Russia didn’t complete the large trials which WHO insists that a vaccine must undergo involving thorough testing to examine the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before it is released. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger the people receiving it.

The West wants to annihilate Russia

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the West waging war on Russia.

There is no strategic document that calls for the annihilation of Russia. Ukraine was not pressured by the West to declare its intentions to move closer to the European Union. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" –  were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU.