Disinfo: The COVID-19 outbreak is only an attempt to distract the world from the real issues

Summary

One might suspect that the hysteria [around the COVID-19 outbreak] is an attempt to distract from the real issues. The time selected for this is ideal, and this is not a coincidence.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
  • Outlet: Geopolitica.ru
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Americans were ill with coronavirus in September 2019 and hid it

There was a case in September 2019 when a group of Japanese went to Hawaii. They returned home infected [with the coronavirus]. They have never been to China.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, presented without sources or evidence. This is one of many pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the coronavirus.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon and there is no proof that it would have been artificially created. This coronavirus 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 150 countries, territories and areas by 16th of March 2020.

Coronavirus could have originated from Latvia

Latvia, which has enough talented biologists and pharmacists, could have created the coronavirus. Covid-19 can be used as a pretext to limit people’s freedom, so they couldn’t organize protests, and as an opportunity to justify an economic recession.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is another unfounded pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the coronavirus.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon and there is no proof that it would have been artificially created. This coronavirus 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 150 countries, territories and areas by 16th of March 2020.

Coronavirus was created in the USA, at Fort Detrick

The only possible origin of the coronavirus is the United States because only this country has all the branches of the evolutionary tree of coronaviruses. The original source of the COVID-19 virus was the US military laboratory at Fort Detrick.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented with no evidence to support the claim that the coronavirus was created in the USA. This is part of the Kremlin's ongoing coronavirus disinformation campaign. Read a similar case claiming that the US is behind the coronavirus.

Experts at the World Health Organisation have concluded the disease first appeared in the Chinese province of Hubei.