An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about “globalist élites” and multinational corporations using coronavirus in order to pursue their own interests, establish dictatorships and/ or expand profits.
This message is consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about secret elites, “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that manipulate global politics, economics and finance, robbing nations of their sovereignty and identity, crushing economies and threatening traditional values.
The coronavirus pandemic is not exaggerated. When on 11 March 2020 the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, there were more than 118,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 114 countries. As of 20 April 2020, there are 2,314,621 confirmed cases 213 countries, areas and territories. An updated situation report from WHO on the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.
Moreover, emergency measures, such as quarantines and social distancing, have been introduced by governments not to “intensify fear” among the population but to fight the coronavirus pandemic. These measures are tools that democratic governments need to use, for a limited period of time, in order to rapidly and effectively protect the public health of citizens.
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