Disinfo: There is not the slightest trace of a coronavirus pandemic

Summary

Today WHO declared the coronavirus COVID-19 a “pandemic” – when there is not the slightest trace of a pandemic. A pandemic might be the condition, when the death to infection rate reaches more than 12%.

Disproof

A pro-Kremlin narrative, designated to cause confusion and diminish distrust in national and international authorities. This outlet is using a random definition for a pandemic, not founded in research or public health practice.

WHO decided 11 March to declare the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic to emphasise the urgency of actions and encourage national health authorities to take decisive measures to curb the outbreak. By the time of the announcement the virus had spread to 114 countries and claimed over 4,000 lives.

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  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, United Nations, WHO
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Real purpose of Istanbul Convention is to abolish the family institution

The real purpose of the Istanbul Convention is not to prevent domestic violence at all. It means, in case of conflict, to get into the family, get involved in the family business. As a result, deepen it. So the goal is to eliminate the family institution.

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Recurring disinformation narrative about the Istanbul Convention. This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the morally corrupt West and threatened traditional values.

The Istanbul Convention (the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence) is a treaty of the Council of Europe that opens the path for creating a legal framework at a pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence. So far, the Convention was ratified by 33 states.

The West wants a Russian-Turkish war because of Syria

Of course, the West wants a Russian-Turkish massacre to happen. They would be satisfied with Putin’s failure in the negotiations. However, the inability to come to an agreement by both parties and the continuation of the war is the best way.

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This is a conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Syrian war and accusing the West of Russophobia with no evidence provided.

The European Council noted the outcome of the Russia-Turkey meeting of 5 March in Moscow and called on all parties "to keep in place an immediate and sustainable ceasefire, to guarantee the protection of civilians on the ground and from the air and to facilitate the unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance by the international community."

Turkey-Greece crisis has taken NATO to its limit

What if a NATO member attacks another member, as it is happening now with Turkey and Greece? In Greece, we are seeing NATO at the edge. Europe is completely dependent on the US.

Disproof

Despite increasing tensions at the Greek-Turkish border, the situation is far from taking NATO at the edge.

This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on NATO, portraying it as a useless, decadent and Russophobic organisation with no role in today’s world. You can see other examples in our database, such as NATO’s alleged obsolescence, cannibalistic character, fascistic tendencies and links to white supremacist ideology, its never-ending provocations, its attempts to block Moscow in its sphere of influence, the Alliance's permanent targeting of Russia and Belarus, its role as a US subjugation tool for other countries and its unreliability to defend its members or the claims that NATO is such a disaster that the US didn’t want its help after 9/11 and that it is spreading the coronavirus in the US.