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Russia-backed COVID conspiracy theories costing lives – 41% think virus a US bio-weapon

  • July 31, 2020

Some of the highest rates in Europe have emerged in several former Soviet Union states, with 40 new weekly cases per 100,000 people recorded in Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

Nicolae Țîbrigan, an analyst at the Laboratory for the Analysis of Informational Warfare and Strategic Communication, has highlighted the huge effect disinformation campaigns has had on people.

He cited a study conducted in April during the height of the pandemic across Europe, which found 41 percent of Romanians believed COVID-19 was a US-made biological weapon – a claim completely unfounded.

He added: “Polls suggest the people who are predisposed to believe these conspiracy theories are also at higher risk of getting sick with COVID-19.

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