Disinfo: Western governments exaggerate coronavirus pandemic to strengthen capitalism

Summary

Governments in the EU-Atlanticist-Globalist system are deliberately exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic and are intensifying fear about it among the population. The spread of fear by governments aims to weaken social bonds and to deepen the automation of society. As a result, the financial sector benefits because fear forces people to use payment cards instead of cash. Moreover, the restrictive measures taken by these governments are killing small and medium businesses, that is, national enterprises, but do not affect big transnational trade networks. As a result, global corporate capitalism is being strengthened, globalization is becoming even more perverse and the transition to a world government is accelerating.

Disproof

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.

Read similar cases claiming that the coronavirus pandemic is exaggerated in order to establish fascist hygiene dictatorships, that governments are exaggerating the death toll of the coronavirus and that ruling élites are spreading coronavirus panic in order to gain unlimited powers and to actively interfere in the economy.

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  • Reported in: Issue 193
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Deep state, Secret elites / global elites, Capitalists, 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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Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that the coronavirus is a man-made biological weapon and example of global brainwashing, a rehearsal for the true apocalyptic weapon.

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Recurring disinformation attack on the European Union's response to the coronavirus, predicting its decline. Read more about the EU's response to the coronavirus here. More specifically, Germany, France, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland have sent millions of masks and other medical gear to Italy, while the report by La Stampa said that most of the Russian assistance was useless.

The EU's position towards Russia has not changed. EU sanctions against Russia were adopted in 2014 in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea. On 12 December 2019, EU leaders unanimously agreed to roll over the economic sanctions on Russia for another six months, until 31 July 2020.

The Coronavirus being bioengineered makes sense

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. There is no evidence to suggest that the virus has been fabricated inside laboratories

The coronavirus comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. The expert scientific consensus holds that the coronavirus has natural origins; there is no credible evidence supporting claims of laboratory engineering.