Nearly a year into the Coronavirus pandemic there are still some people who do not buy it.
The UK has reported over 110,000 Covid-19 deaths and more than 3.89 million cases since March of last year.
Hannah Dean, 30, was fined £200 after she posted pictures online insisting Queen Alexandra Hospital in Hampshire was not full of coronavirus patients.
Dean has also been banned from visiting UK hospitals, unless it is an emergency or she has an appointment.
Incidents like this have been happening since the start of the pandemic, mainly on social media platforms.
“Something is going on that I don’t really believe”
Nathan Blake, Covid Sceptic
Nathan Blake, 27, believes the pandemic and resulting lockdowns are not as straightforward as they seem.
He argues that the pandemic was planned as a way of destabilising the global economy and that Bill Gates is the man behind it.
Nathan Blake discussing his thoughts on the pandemic.
The UK has the highest death toll in Europe but Covid deniers argue that the numbers are inaccurate because the measurement is a death within 28 days of a positive test.
Sceptics believe that to boost the numbers, the government are reporting non related deaths as Covid deaths. There is no evidence to support this claim.
Blake says he believed this keeps people in a “perpetual state of fear where the government can slowly enforce more control”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for Covid deniers and anti-vaxxers to “stop spreading lies and grow up”.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi recently told the BBC’s Asian Network that faith and community leaders had an important job to do to make sure there was high take-up of the vaccine.
Ethnic minority groups have been targeted recently by anti-vaccine campaigners. With misinformation being spread online and in WhatsApp messages.
The NHS is currently running an anti-disinformation drive led by Dr Harpreet Sood.
He said officials were working “to correct so much fake news”.
In an age of social media it is easier than ever for misinformation to spread.
“We will start removing false claims about these vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts on Facebook and Instagram.”
Covid-19 details as of 4th February 2021 (Official government coronavirus data)
- Overall number of deaths within 28 days of positive test – 112,660
- Positive tests in the last 7 days – 148,725
- People vaccinated (first dose) – 10,490,487