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The Hospital Bed Crisis Preceded the Coronavirus Emergency
David Oliver
23 December 2020
https://bylinetimes.com/2020/12/23/the-hospital-bed-crisis-preceded-co vid-19-and-will-outlive-it/

Acute NHS hospital consultant David Oliver considers how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed structural healthcare problems caused by years of neglect and underfunding

In my 31 years as an NHS hospital doctor, 2020 stands out as a year that structural health issues have been more widely understood than ever before.

The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed the endemic problems our health and social care services have faced for years, many of which were hiding in plain sight.

This includes the relentless and growing pressure on a shrinking and short-staffed hospital bed base, which the pandemic has made even more difficult to manage. As a medic working on acute wards looking after hundreds of sick COVID-19 patients, these are my experiences.

Firstly, it’s worth pointing out that the concerted diatribe in select news outlets – suggesting that bed shortages are no big deal and do not require us to reduce viral transmission – are misleading, unhelpful and range from ill-informed to what seems like deliberate misinformation.

I understand that people are upset that Christmas has been ruined for many. I understand the serious and legitimate public concerns about the Government’s inept, passive response to the pandemic, and about the harms to wellbeing, the economy and general freedom because of repeated lockdowns. I know that there are serious concerns about the trade-offs between acute care for patients with COVID-19 and planned care for other groups with conditions such as cancer.

But those arguments should be made on their own terms and not – as some have tried to do – by claiming that COVID-19 is a trivial and over-diagnosed illness or that hospitals and intensive care units are half-empty. Bed pressures and capacity crises are real and are here to stay.

The Sick Man of Europe
The UK already sits near the bottom of the OECD league table for hospital beds per 1,000 of the population – at around 2.7. Take away the devolved nations and England’s numbers are lower still. They are 25% below the EU average, around half the capacity of France and a third of that in Germany. Overall, bed numbers in England more than halved from 1988 to 2018 even though, during that time, hospital emergency attendances and admissions more than doubled.

Readers may be surprised to learn that we only have around 140,000 beds for an English population of 56 million people, of which barely more than 100,000 are “general and acute beds” – to which acutely sick adults or those needing planned operations might be admitted.

The UK only has 6.6 critical care (sometimes called ‘intensive care’ or ‘ICU’) beds per 100,000 – well down the league table compared to say the US with 34.7, Germany with 29.2, Italy with 12.5, France with 11.6, or Spain with 9.7. Yet, all these countries have seen their ICU beds overwhelmed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Through March, April and May, a heroic effort – but not a sustainable, long-term solution – saw us nearly double our ICU bed capacity with borrowed staff, borrowed space and occasionally a relaxation of usual nurse-to-patient ratios. This also meant cancelling planned operations that the same staff and space would have been used to support.

NHS hospitals have been running at more than 90% midnight bed occupancy in Autumn, Winter and early Spring during the past five years, with A&E department waiting times growing and overcrowding a risk to patient and staff morale.

Meanwhile, at the back door of the hospital, delayed transfers of care have grown to record levels due to serial social care cuts and a lack of capacity in community services to support people outside hospital.

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And What to Expect in 2021
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After mass COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes in the Spring, partly caused by discharges from acute hospitals, the system is now doubly hamstrung. Beds are therefore often occupied by people medically stable enough to leave, but with nowhere to go.

The Health Service Journal reported in October that the country is probably 3,000 beds down on capacity from 2019. And that is before we take into account the impact of COVID-19 on bed availability. At the time of writing, more and more beds in England are being occupied by people with COVID-19, with growing numbers on ICU.

Then we have the problem of COVID-19 outbreaks within hospitals themselves. Sadly, around a quarter of all infections are currently classified as acquired in hospital. If a few patients start testing positive, a whole ward bay or even a whole ward will find itself temporarily closed to new admissions – making it even harder to discharge patients to community facilities. Fewer available beds, still.

This further illustrates the false dichotomy between acutely ill COVID-19 patients and others. With a few notable exceptions in England, treatment for both happens in the very same hospitals. There is a major national push from NHS England to catch up on cancelled and postponed work, but vulnerable people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer are at serious risk if they contract COVID-19 in hospital.

To complete this perfect storm, a bed is no use without staff. The NHS already had among the lowest proportion of doctors and nurses per 1,000 in the OECD, prior to the pandemic. One in eight nursing posts were unfilled. Now, there are thousands of staff sick or self-isolating due to COVID-19. A recent Scottish study showed that clinical staff in COVID-19 wards are between three and six times more likely to become infected and around one in 10 of all patients admitted are frontline health and care workers.

Sometimes the COVID-19 sceptics talk as though hospitals should be bursting at the seams. Unless photos of patients on trolleys in corridors make it onto the news, it seems they will never be convinced that lockdowns, behavioural restrictions or even vaccines should be entertained.

But ask them to entertain the idea of catching COVID-19, requiring an acute bed or intensive care and finding there’s no room at the inn. I’m pretty sure they won’t be quite so complacent, or argue the toss with experienced professionals who do the job every day.

The first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic peaked at a traditionally quieter time for acute care. The second is on top of an annual seasonal crisis – and all NHS workers are suffering the effects.

David Oliver is an experienced NHS acute hospital consultant who has worked on COVID-19 wards throughout the first second waves in 2020 and played a variety of senior roles in health leadership and policy. He writes a weekly column in the ‘British Medical Journal’

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PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: a massive, sprawling mess that signals a much bigger problem
https://therealslog.com/2021/01/08/public-health-england-under-the-mic roscope-a-massive-sprawling-mess-that-signals-a-much-bigger-problem/

In this specially extended Slog essay, we examine the all too familiar micro elements that make PHE an at best dubious NGO, the dysfunctional Whiteminster judgements that attract little or no respect, and the geopolitical machinations involved that exploit and exaggerate citizen fears of death that are at best unlikely and at worst delusional. But the chief learning here is that Covid19 is nothing more than a weapon for something far worse than death.

Throughout PHE’s mercifully brief life, there have been suspicions as to just how impartial it really is. The agency was criticised by The Lancet for allegedly using weak evidence in a review of electronic cigarettes to endorse an estimate that e-cigarette use is 95% less hazardous than smoking: “it is on this extraordinarily flimsy foundation that PHE based the major conclusion and message of its report” … this “raises serious questions not only about the conclusions of the PHE report, but also about the quality of the agency’s peer review process.” The general tone of the Lancet piece left an uneasy feeling that (perhaps) PHE had been nobbled by the e-fag lobby.

In March 2020, in an astounding judgement, PHE stated flatly that ‘Covid19 is no longer regarded as a serious health threat’. While this opinion was probably correct, the position was hastily reversed after pressure was applied to it. I have yet to see a convincing explanation of what changed PHE’s mind. Since then, however, the Quango has adhered strictly to a “pandemic” narrative.

In July 2020, as the number of Covid19 deaths continued to fall, PHE reported significantly more deaths than those collated weekly from death certificates by the ONS. Concerns were raised – by several medical authorities – that PHE’s figures were over-estimates. This proved to be so, by a percentage estimated at somewhere between 12 and 20%. The “error” was never satisfactorily explained.

In October 2020, it was realised that almost 16,000 COVID-19 test results received by PHE from commercial laboratories since 25 September had not been loaded into dashboards or passed to the outsourced Test and Trace operation. Observing that this “should never have happened” (a remark lacking either blame or common sense) Health Secretary Hancock was unfazed, having already decided to disband PHE.

However, that isn’t what happened…..despite the fact that delayed contact tracing led to more than 125,000 additional infections and 1,500 deaths. It was announced instead that Public Health England was to be replaced by the National Institute for Health Protection, a “new” agency created to deal with the threat of infectious diseases by combining PHE with the NHS Test and Trace operation. A couple of heads rolled, and – apart from the staff level increasing to over 5,000 – nothing else changed. Something happened to stay Hancock’s hand; what it was remains a mystery.

Just as you have to plough through 96% of the charts on reported NOID infections before you stumble across the Covid19 reporting fiasco enabled by PHE, so in turn – having been shown a subhead promising ‘Board Members outside interests’ – it takes five clicks to finally reach the actual data point. Sources elsewhere filled in some of the gaps (left by the economy of information) in the analysis/audit that follows.

Before we get to current staff, however, let us do a small in memoriam on the outgoing Chairman “Sir” David Nicholson, the former Stafford NHS Trust boss and allround odious reptile who presided over dubious firings of whistleblowers there, covered up manslaughter evidence and threatened to sue The Slog for saying so…but then retreated having been encouraged by me to “bring it on, and while we’re at it, let’s talk about Stafford mental health and paedophiles, huh?”

It says a lot about Whitehall that they chose this arse-covering bully to run PHE – and even more about the Cameron-Clegg marriage in that they accepted the idea without demur. Secretary Hancock chose to replace him with Chair Julia Goodfellow. Words like frying pan and fire spring to mind….

Julia Goodfellow, Chair. Goodfellow was heavily criticised for her travel expenses and pay for the 2014-15 year. Her travel expenses were reported to be £26,635, with 92% of flights being first or business class. She also received a pay rise of 3% in the same year, increasing her salary to £272,000. She received an eye-watering £43,000 pay rise in 2012-13, a rise of 19%: her employer was criticised for “attempting to obscure key information” by obfuscating records of the meeting in which her salary was decided.” PHE’s mission is “to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities”. Oh dear.

Her husband of 49 years Peter Goodfellow is an advisory Board Member at the Gates Foundation.

Michael Brodie interim CEO was appointed to replace Duncan Selbie, following the catalogue of errors in 2020. ““Michael is well-regarded within the wider health and care system and has a proven track record,” gushed PHE – which is disputable when one considers that he’s been at PHE since 2013 and is thus a long-serving part of the dysfunctional furniture.

But then, vomit-inducingly generous praise runs through the DNA of PHE:

Cue more clapping. Or not. Because what you won’t find on the PHE outside interests file is this little gem: that from 2015-19, Mr Brodie was also a shareholding director of Porton Biopharma Ltd. Porton’s own site confirms that….

Nice work if you can get it, I suppose.

Moving on down the food chain, Professor George Griffin CBE sat on the Board of the Gates Foundation, Professor Sian Griffiths OBE is a Professor at Imperial College (from whence came Momentum affiliated Neil ‘Shagger’ Ferguson the playdough man) and into which flows $80 million a year of….um, Gates Foundation funding. Sir Derek Myers has a less than gleaming reputation thanks to his close connection with the Grenfell Tower disaster, and accusations that he was an ardent ‘ethnic cleanser’ on North Kensington Council. Deputy CEO Richard Gleave also has shares in Porton Biopharma….I could go on, but what’s the point?

Let’s try to round all this up and reach some conclusions. First of all, it’s perfectly possible that these predictable DNA connections to Pharmafia vaccination have no effect whatsoever on the decision-making policy at PHE. But that said, add all this to the funding octopus that is the Pharma-Gates nexus in academia, the Vallance advice as Chief Medical Officer, and the connections of Ferguson and Horby to commercial concerns with an interest in rubbishing alternative treatments for Covid19….and let’s face it, accusations of conspiracy theory in relation to my thought processes are utterly ridiculous. With a level playing field and an honest rule of Law, all the connections I have mentioned would give rise to doubts in even the dimmest Scotland Yard plod.

Secondly, the ability of hugely overpaid fatcats to survive serial insouciant incompetence has to ask a whole bunch of questions about the incestuous Whitehall system of shuffling the same frayed cards in the pack in expectation of a different outcome. I have similar feelings when I look back at the inexplicable success of G4S security in obtaining Government contracts – despite a stream of lies, incompetence, outright criminal fraud, absence of due diligence and underdelivered workforce skill promises. There too, “the usual suspects” were involved: Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron.

Third, the near-total lack of discernment of the political class in not just accepting the bozos wheeled out for their rubber stamp, but also wilfully ignoring the more eclectic advice available from spotless virologists, social anthropologists and experienced frontline medics is at best lamentable….and yet again – at worst, profoundly suspicious.

Fourth, the obvious default approach of hiding data, choosing tech systems unfit for purpose, obfuscating conflicts of interest and disguising wasteful largesse represents – albeit something we have all somehow come to both expect and accept – nothing less than an army of engorged leaches on the back of the Citizenry.

As the threadbare Covid narrative, ridiculous alarmism, insane State response and pernicious media spin-to-censorship have gained ground, we now find ourselves in a situation where huge numbers of allegedly mature and intelligent people are close to clamouring for access to a “vaccine” that is in reality half-baked experimentalism with mRNA in a species built on DNA….despite the fact that proven, low-cost management drug combines like Ivermectin and HCQ-Zinc cocktails are everything we need to protect all but the most deadly pathogen comorbidities of the very old.

I refuse to accept the identification of the doubts of myself and millions of others as “conspiranoid”. I simply do not believe that the rascals who rule over us are lovely cuddly angels driven entirely by philanthropy while suffering from fiscal and economic naivety: they have ‘form’ that makes such a verdict idiotic. Something else of far greater dystopian significance is in play here.

It destroyed Trump, it hyped Coronavirus, it tried everything to destroy Brexit, it is looking for a Crash2 way out of financialised misanthropy, its desire is to control all of us, and the signposts are everywhere in 200 point Arial extra-bold type for anyone willing to divest themselves of the blinkers. The Great Reset of the billionaires, the global warming bs, the vaccination drivel, the “Build Back Better” suddenly adopted by Establishment Parties across the planet and the Janet & John attempts to rewrite the past in order to rationalise the future….all this is coincidence?

By all means be angered by this investigation – you deserve to be. But don’t lose sight of the disease while examining a symptom: the likes of Sir Mark Sedwill, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Sir Keir Starmer and even the heir to the British throne are all very happy to fall into line with the agenda being put forward by Davos, Soros, Gates, Schwab, BLM, Antifa, Joe Biden, and the motley crew of camp followers from deranged feminists, extinction rebels, sexuality minorities and other useful dupes.

Thank you for persevering with this post.

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-2020-worldwide-corona-crisis-destroy ing-civil-society-engineered-economic-depression-global-coup-detat-and -the-great-reset/5730652

https://web.archive.org/web/20210116141910/https://www.lep.co.uk/healt h/coronavirus/preston-councillor-rushed-hospital-severe-covid-vaccine- side-effects-3103026

The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d’État and the “Great Reset”
Global Research E-Book, Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, January 17, 2021
https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-2020-worldwide-corona-crisis-destroy ing-civil-society-engineered-economic-depression-global-coup-detat-and -the-great-reset/5730652

Theme: Crimes against Humanity, Global Economy, Media Disinformation, Police State & Civil Rights, Science and Medicine
This E-book consists of a Preface and Nine Chapters.

We are dealing with an exceedingly complex process.

In the course of the last eleven months starting in early January, I have analyzed almost on a daily basis the timeline and evolution of the Covid crisis. From the very outset in January 2020, people were led to believe and accept the existence of a rapidly progressing and dangerous epidemic.

I suggest you first read the Highlights (below), the Preface and Introduction before proceeding with chapters II through IX.

Each of the nine chapters provide factual information as well as analysis on the following topics: What Is Covid-19, what is SARS-CoV-2, how Is it identified, how is it estimated? The timeline and historical evolution of the Corona Crisis, the devastating economic and financial impacts, the enrichment of a social minority of billionaires, how the lockdown policies trigger unemployment and mass poverty Worldwide.

The E-book also includes analysis of curative and preventive drugs as well as a review of Big Pharma’s Covid-19 vaccine initiative.

Also analyzed are issues pertaining to the derogation of fundamental human rights, censorship of medical doctors, freedom of expression and the protest movement. The last chapter focusses on the unfolding global debt crisis, the destabilization of national governments, the threats to democracy including “global governance” and the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset” proposal.

This E-Book is made available free of charge with a view to reaching out to people Worldwide. Please help us in this endeavor. Kindly forward to family, friends and colleagues, within your respective communities.

Readers can reach Prof. Michel Chossudovsky at crgeditor@yahoo.com

We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in World history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the sequence of events since January 2020 has been blurred.

Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 “pandemic”.

The unspoken truth is that the novel coronavirus provides a pretext and a justification to powerful financial interests and corrupt politicians to precipitate the entire World into a spiral of mass unemployment, bankruptcy, extreme poverty and despair.

More than 7 billion people Worldwide are directly or indirectly affected by the corona crisis.

The COVID-19 public health “emergency” under WHO auspices was presented to public opinion as a means (“solution”) to containing the “killer virus”.

If the public had been informed and reassured that Covid is “similar to Seasonal Influenza”, the fear campaign would have fallen flat. The lockdown and closure of the national economy would have been rejected outright.

The first stage of this crisis (outside China) was launched by the WHO on January 30th 2020 at a time when there were 5 cases in the US, 3 in Canada, 4 in France, 4 in Germany.

Do these numbers justify the declaration of a Worldwide public health emergency?

The fear campaign was sustained by political statements and media disinformation.

People are frightened. They are encouraged to do the PCR test, which is flawed. A positive PCR test does not mean that you are infected and/or that you can transmit the virus.

The RT-PCR Test is known to produce a high percentage of false positives. Moreover, it does not identify the virus.

From the outset in January 2020, there was no “scientific basis” to justify the launching of a Worldwide public health emergency.

In February, the covid crisis was accompanied by a major crash of financial markets. There is evidence of financial fraud.

And on March 11, 2020: the WHO officially declared a Worldwide pandemic at a time when there were 44,279 cases and 1440 deaths outside China out of a population of 6.4 billion (Estimates of confirmed cases based on the PCR test)..

Immediately following the March 11, 2020 WHO announcement, confinement and lockdown instructions were transmitted to 193 member states of the United Nations.

Unprecedented in history, applied almost simultaneously in a large of number countries, entire sectors of the World economy have been destabilized. Small and medium sized enterprises have been driven into bankruptcy. Unemployment and poverty are rampant.

The social impacts of these measures are not only devastating, they are ongoing under what is described as “A Second Wave”. There is no evidence of a “Second Wave”. Amply documented the PCR estimates are flawed.

The health impacts (mortality, morbidity) resulting from the closing down of national economies far surpass those attributed to Covid-19.

Famines have erupted in at least 25 developing countries according to UN sources.

The mental health of millions of people Worldwide has been affected as a result of the lockdown, social distancing, job losses, bankruptcies, mass poverty and despair. The frequency of suicides and drug addiction has increased Worldwide.

“V the Virus” is said to be responsible for the wave of bankruptcies and unemployment. That’s a lie. There is no causal relationship between the virus and economic variables.

It’s the powerful financiers and billionaires who are behind this project which has contributed to the destabilization (Worldwide) of the real economy.

Since early February 2020, the Super Rich have cashed in on billions of dollars.

Amply documented it’s the largest redistribution of global wealth in World history, accompanied by a process of Worldwide impoverishment.

The fear campaign has served as an instrument of disinformation.

Media lies sustained the image of a killer virus which initially contributed to destabilizing US-China trade and disrupting air travel. And then in February “V- the Virus” (which incidentally is similar to seasonal influenza) was held responsible for triggering the most serious financial crisis in World history.

And then on March 11, a lockdown was imposed on 193 member states on the United Nations, leading to the “closure” of national economies Worldwide.

Starting in October, a “second wave” was announced. “The pandemic is not over”.

The fear campaign prevails. And people are now led to believe that the corona vaccine sponsored by their governments is the “solution”. And that “normality” will be restored once the entire population of the planet has been vaccinated.

The SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine

How is it that a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which under normal conditions would take years to develop, was promptly launched in early November 2020? The mRNA vaccine announced by Pfizer is based on an experimental gene editing mRNA technology which has a bearing on the human genome.

Were the standard animal lab tests using mice or ferrets conducted?

Or did Pfizer “go straight to human “guinea pigs.”? Human tests began in late July and early August. “Three months is unheard of for testing a new vaccine. Several years is the norm.”

Our thanks to Large and JIPÉM

This caricature by Large + JIPÉM explains our predicament:

Mouse No 1: “Are You Going to get Vaccinated”,

Mouse No. 2: Are You Crazy, They Haven’t finished the Tests on Humans”

And why do we need a vaccine for Covid-19 when both the WHO and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed unequivocally that Covid-19 is “similar to seasonal influenza”.

The plan to develop a vaccine is profit driven. It is supported by corrupt governments serving the interests of Big Pharma. The US government had already ordered 100 million doses back in July and the EU is to purchase 300 million doses. It’s Big Money for Big Pharma, generous payoffs to corrupt politicians, at the expense of tax payers.

In the following chapters, we define the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the controversial RT-PCR test which is being used to “identify the virus” as well establish the “estimates” of the so-called “positive cases”.(Chapter II)

In Chapter III, we examine in detail the timeline of events since October 2019 leading up to the historic March 11, 2020 lockdown.

We assess the broad economic and social consequences of this crisis including the process of Worldwide impoverishment and redistribution of wealth in favour of the Super Rich billionaires.(Chapter IV and V)

Big Pharma’s vaccination programme which is slated to be imposed on millions of people Worldwide is reviewed in Chapter VII.

Chapter IX concludes with an analysis of the World Economic Forum’s proposed “Great Reset” which if adopted would consist in scrapping the Welfare State and imposing massive austerity measures on an impoverished population.

This E-Book is preliminary. There is a sense of urgency. People Worldwide are being lied to by their governments.

A word on the methodology: our objective is to refute the “Big Lie” through careful analysis consisting of:

A historical overview of the Covid crisis,
Scientific analysis and detailed review of “official” data, estimates and definitions,
Analysis of the impacts of WHO “guidelines” and government policies on economic, social and public health variables.
Our objective is to inform people Worldwide and refute the official narrative which has been used as a pretext and justification to destabilize the economic and social fabric of entire countries.

This crisis affects humanity in its entirety: 7.8 billion people. We stand in solidarity with our fellow human beings Worldwide. Truth is a powerful instrument.

I remain indebted to our readers and to the Global Research team.

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, December 11, 2020, crgeditor@yahoo.com

(revised on December 15, December 21, January 10, 2021)

Spread the word. Please forward this text to friends and colleagues

Copyright: Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). December 2020.

The preface and Introductory chapter can be crossposted with a link to the complete E-book. If you wish to use or reproduce the text of the E-Book or sections thereof, kindly contact Michel Chossudovsky at crgeditor@yahoo.com

About the Author

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research.

He has undertaken field research in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific and has written extensively on the economies of developing countries with a focus on poverty and social inequality. He has also undertaken research in Health Economics (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), UNFPA, CIDA, WHO, Government of Venezuela, John Hopkins International Journal of Health Services (1979, 1983)

He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Globalization of War, America’s Long War against Humanity (2015).

He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO’s war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at crgeditor@yahoo.com

See Michel Chossudovsky, Biographical Note

Michel Chossudovsky’s Articles on Global Research

Table of Contents
Chapter I.

Introduction. Destroying Civil Society. The Fear Campaign

Chapter II

What Is Covid-19, SARS-2 : How Is It Tested? How Is It Measured?

Chapter III

The Corona Timeline

Chapter IV

Engineered Economic Depression

Chapter V

The Enrichment of the Super Rich. The Appropriation and Redistribution of Wealth

Chapter VI

“There Is No Cure”. Suppression of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), A Cheap and Effective Drug

Chapter VII

Big Pharma’s Covid Vaccine

Chapter VIII

Freedom of Expression. Categorizing The Protest Movement as “Anti-Social”

Chapter IX

“Global Coup d’État” and the “Great Reset”. Global Debt and Neoliberal “Shock Treatment”



Chapter I
Destroying Civil Society. The Fear Campaign
“It is time for everyone to come out of this negative trance, this collective hysteria, because famine, poverty, mass unemployment will kill and destroy the lives of many more people than SARS-CoV-2! ” (Dr. Pascal Sacré)

“I’m seeing patients that have facial rashes, fungal infections, bacterial infections. … In February and March we were told not to wear masks. What changed? The science didn’t change. The politics did. This is about compliance. It’s not about science… (Dr. James Meehan)

“Once the Lie Becomes the Truth, there is No Moving Backwards. Insanity prevails. The world is turned upside down.” (Michel Chossudovsky)


We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in World history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the sequence of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 “pandemic”.

The unspoken truth is that the novel coronavirus provides a pretext and a justification to powerful financial interests and corrupt politicians to precipitate the entire World into a spiral of mass unemployment, bankruptcy, extreme poverty and despair.

This is the true picture of what is happening. It is the result of a complex decision-making process.

“Planet Lockdown” is an encroachment on civil liberties and the “Right to Life”.

Entire national economies are in jeopardy. In some countries martial law has been declared.

Small and medium sized capital are slated to be eliminated. Big capital prevails.

A massive concentration of corporate wealth is ongoing.

Its a diabolical “New World Order” in the making.

Red Zones, the facemask, social distancing, the closing down of schools, colleges and universities, no more family gatherings, no birthday celebrations, music, the arts: no more cultural events, sport events are suspended, no more weddings, “love and life” is banned outright.

And in several countries, family Christmas and New Year reunions were illegal.

Closing down the Global Economy is presented to us as a means to combating the Virus. That’s what they want us to believe. If the public had been informed that Covid-19 is “similar to seasonal Influenza”, the fear campaign would have fallen flat…

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The Pandemic was officially launched by the WHO on March 11, 2020 leading to the Lockdown and closure of the national economies of 190 (out of 193) countries, member states of the United Nations. The instructions came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the billionaire foundations.

The March 11, 2020 pandemic was preceded by a WHO Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on January 30th, 2020 which was followed in February by the destabilization of financial markets. On January 30th there were 83 cases outside China out of a total population of 6.4 billion. In the days preceding the February Financial Crash there were 453 cases outside China. (See our analysis in Chapter II)

This diabolical project based on scanty and flawed estimates is casually described by the corporate media as a “humanitarian” endeavour. The “international community” has a “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P).

In the words of Diana Johnstone, it’s “The Global Pretext”. An unelected “public-private partnership” under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF), has come to the rescue of Planet Earth’s 7.8 billion people. The closure of the global economy is presented as a means to “killing the virus”.

Sounds absurd. Closing down the real economy of Planet Earth is not the “solution” but rather the “cause” of a diabolical process of Worldwide destabilization and impoverishment.

The national economy combined with political, social and cultural institutions is the basis for the “reproduction of real life”: income, employment, production, trade, infrastructure, social services.

Destabilizing the economy of Planet Earth cannot constitute a “solution” to combating the virus. But that is the imposed “solution” which they want us to believe in. And that is what they are doing.

It’s the destruction of people’s lives. It is the destabilization of civil society.

The Lies are sustained by a massive media disinformation campaign. 24/7, Incessant and Repetitive “Covid alerts” for the last eleven months. … It is a process of social engineering.

What they want is to hike up the numbers so as to justify the Lockdown.

And now there is a so-called “Second Wave”. Millions of covid-Positive Tests are now being tabulated.

Covid-19 is portrayed as the “killer Virus”.

Destroying Civil Society
People are frightened and puzzled. “Why would they do this?”

Empty schools, Empty airports, bankrupt grocery stores.

In France “Churches are threatened with Kalashnikovs over Covid-19 outbreak” (April 2020)

The entire urban services economy is in crisis. Shops, bars and restaurants are driven into bankruptcy. International travel and holidays are suspended. Streets are empty. In several countries, bars and restaurants are required to take names and contact information to support effective contact tracing if necessary.
Free Speech is Suppressed
The lockdown narrative is supported by media disinformation, online censorship, social engineering and the fear campaign.

Medical doctors who question the official narrative are threatened. They loose their jobs. Their careers are destroyed. Those who oppose the government lockdown are categorized as “anti-social psychopaths”:

Peer reviewed psychological “studies” are currently being carried in several countries using sample surveys.

Accept the “big Lie” and you are tagged as a “good person” with “empathy” who understands the feelings of others.

…[E]xpress reservations regarding … social distancing and the wearing of the face mask, and you will be tagged (according to “scientific opinion”) as a “callous and deceitful psychopath”.

In colleges and universities, the teaching staff is pressured to conform and endorse the official covid narrative. Questioning the legitimacy of the lockdown in online “classrooms” could lead to dismissal.

Several medical doctors who oppose the COVID consensus or the vaccine have been arrested. In December, “Jean-Bernard Fourtillan, a retired university professor known for his opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine was arrested “by law enforcement officers under military command, and forcibly placed in solitary confinement at the psychiatric hospital of Uzès.” Fourtillan is known as “longtime critic of vaccines that use dangerous adjuvants”.

Screen Shot: NTD, December 16, 2020

Google and Twitter Marketing the Big Lie

The opinions of prominent scientists who question the lockdown, the face-mask or social distancing are “taken down” by Google:

“YouTube doesn’t allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) or local health authorities‘ medical information about COVID-19, including on methods to prevent, treat or diagnose COVID-19, and means of transmission of COVID-19.” (emphasis added) They call it “fact checking”, without acknowledging that both the WHO and local health authorities contradict their own data and concepts.

Similarly, Twitter has confirmed that “it will remove all posts that suggest there are ‘adverse impacts or effects of receiving vaccinations’… Twitter will: “memory-hole any posts that “invoke a deliberate conspiracy” or “advance harmful, false, or misleading narratives’ about vaccines.”

March 11, 2020: Engineered Economic Depression. Global Coup d’Etat?
Destabilizing in one fell swoop the national economies of more 190 countries is an act of “economic warfare”. This diabolical agenda undermines the sovereignty of nation states. It impoverishes people Worldwide. It leads to a spiralling dollar denominated global debt.

The powerful structures of global capitalism, Big Money coupled with its intelligence and military apparatus are the driving force. Using advanced digital and communications technologies, the Lockdown and Economic Closure of the global economy is unprecedented in World history.

This simultaneous intervention in 190 countries derogates democracy. It undermines the sovereignty of nation states Worldwide, without the need for military intervention. It is an advanced system of economic warfare which overshadows other forms of warfare including conventional (Iraq-style) theater wars. (See Chapters IV, IX)

“Global Governance” Scenarios. World Government in the Post-Covid Era?
The March 11 2020 Lockdown project uses lies and deception to ultimately impose a Worldwide totalitarian regime, entitled “Global Governance” (by unelected officials). In the words of David Rockefeller:

“…The world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” (quoted by Aspen Times, August 15, 2011, emphasis added)

The Global Governance scenario imposes an agenda of social engineering and economic compliance:

It constitutes an extension of the neoliberal policy framework imposed on both developing and developed countries. It consists in scrapping “national auto-determination” and constructing a Worldwide nexus of pro-US proxy regimes controlled by a “supranational sovereignty” (World Government) composed of leading financial institutions, billionaires and their philanthropic foundations. (See Michel Chossudovsky, Global Capitalism, “World Government” and the Corona Crisis, May 1, 2020).

Simulating Pandemics

The Rockefeller Foundation proposes the use of “scenario planning” as a means to carry out “global governance”. (For further details, see Michel Chossudovsky, May 1, 2020). In the Rockefeller’s 2010 Report entitled “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development Area” scenarios of Global Governance and the actions to be taken in the case of a Worldwide pandemic are contemplated.

More specifically, the report envisaged (p 1Cool the simulation of a Lock Step scenario including a global virulent influenza strain.

The Lock Step scenario describes “a world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback.” In “2012” (i.e. two years after the report’s publication), [as part of the simulation] an “extremely virulent and deadly” strain of influenza originating with wild geese brings the world to its knees, infecting 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million people in just seven months – “the majority of them healthy young adults.” (Helen Buyniski, February 2020)

The 2010 Rockefeller report was published in the immediate wake of the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

Another important simulation was carried out on October 18, 2019, less than 3 months before SARS-2 was “officially” identified in early January 2020.

Event 201 was held under the auspices of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum. (For details see Michel Chossudovsky, March 1, 2020)

Screenshot, 201 A Global Pandemic Exercise

Many features of the 201 “simulation exercise” did in fact correspond to what actually happened when the WHO Director General launched a global public health emergency on January 30, 2020.

What must be understood is that the sponsors of the John Hopkins “simulation exercise” are powerful and knowledgeable actors respectively in the areas of “Global Health” (B. and M. Gates Foundation) and “Global Economy” (WEF).

It is also worth noting that the WHO initially adopted a similar acronym (to designate the coronavirus) to that of the John Hopkins Pandemic Exercise (nCoV-2019).

Intelligence and “The Art of Deception”

The Covid crisis is a sophisticated instrument of the power elites. It has all the features of a carefully planned intelligence op. using “deception and counter-deception”. Leo Strauss: “viewed intelligence as a means for policymakers to attain and justify policy goals, not to describe the realities of the world.” And that is precisely what they are doing in relation to Covid-19.

Video: The Event 201 Pandemic Exercise. October 18, 2019. Focusses on the extent of the pandemic. Also addresses within the simulation how to deal with online social media and so-called “misinformation”. (Listen carefully)

Confirmed by prominent scientists as well as by official public health bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.
“The Global Pretext”


The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health “emergency” under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to trigger a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring. The tendency is towards the imposition of a totalitarian State.

Social engineering is being applied. Governments are pressured into extending the lockdown, despite its devastating economic and social consequences.

There is no scientific basis for implementing the closing down of the global economy as a means to resolving a public health crisis. Both the media and the governments are involved in spreading disinformation.

The fear campaign has no scientific basis. Your governments are LYING. In fact they are lying to themselves.



Chapter II
What Is Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2
How Is It Tested? How Is It Measured?
“Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms. The performance of this test has not been established for monitoring treatment of 2019-nCoV infection. This test cannot rule out diseases caused by other bacterial or viral pathogens.” — The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

“…all or a substantial part of these positives could be due to what’s called false positives tests.”— Michael Yeadon: former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer


Are we dealing with a dangerous virus. Is it a pandemic?

The fear campaign is relentlessly spearheaded by political statements and media disinformation. A closer examination of official reports from national health authorities as well as peer reviewed articles provides a totally different picture.

SARS-CoV-2 is not a Killer Virus.

According to an early report by the WHO pertaining to China’s epidemic:

The most commonly reported symptoms [of COVID-19] included fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath, and most patients (80%) experienced mild illness. Approximately 14% experienced severe disease and 5% were critically ill. Early reports suggest that illness severity is associated with age (>60 years old) and co-morbid disease. (largely basing on WHO’s assessment of COVID-19 in China)

Screenshot The Hill, March 19, 2020

What is Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2.
Lies through omission: the media has failed to reassure the broader public. Below is the official WHO definition of Covid-19:

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. … These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but only have very mild symptoms. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment. Around 1 out of every 5 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

“COVID-19 is similar to SARS-1″: According to Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, pneumonia is “regularly caused or accompanied by corona viruses”. Immunologists broadly confirm the CDC definition. COVID-19 has similar features to a seasonal influenza coupled with pneumonia.

According to Anthony Fauci (Head of NIAID), H. Clifford Lane and Robert R. Redfield (Head of CDC) in the New England Journal of Medicine

…the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is lying to himself. In his public statements he says that Covid is “Ten Times Worse than Seasonal Flu”.

He refutes his peer reviewed report quoted above. From the outset, Fauci has been instrumental in waging the fear and panic campaign across America:

Screenshot The Hill, March 19, 2020

Covid-19 versus Influenza (Flu) Virus A and Virus B (and subtypes) (Bear in mind seasonal influenza is not a coronavirus)

Rarely mentioned by the media or by politicians: The CDC (which is an agency of the US government) confirms that Covid-19 is similar to Influenza

“Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.”

If the public had been informed and reassured that Covid is “similar to Influenza”, the fear campaign would have fallen flat.

The lockdown and closure of the national economy would have been rejected outright.

Detecting the Virus. Estimating and Tabulating the Numbers. The Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR)
The standard test used to “detect / identify” SARS-2 around the World is The Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR).

The PCR-RT test has been used to estimate and tabulate the number of so-called “confirmed” positive Covid-19 cases. (This is not the only test used. Observations below pertain solely to the standard PCR test).

According to Nobel Laureate Dr. Kary Mullis who invented the RT-PCR test. (Dr. Mullis wrote, on May 7, 2013):

PCR detects a very small segment of the nucleic acid which is part of a virus itself. The specific fragment detected is determined by the somewhat arbitrary choice of DNA primers used which become the ends of the amplified fragment.”

The PCR-RT developed by Dr. Kary Mullis has been applied in an erroneous way with a view to “estimating” SARS-2 positive cases, in most cases without a medical diagnosis of the patient.

(See our observations below on the Drosten RT-PCR Study. As emphasized by Dr. Mullis and confirmed by prominent medical doctors, the PCR test does not “identify the virus”).

Below are the concepts developed by the CDC.

The Test for Covid-19 “Confirmed Cases”

Below are the official definitions and procedures which are contradictory:

“The COVID-19 RT-PCR test is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in upper and lower respiratory specimens … collected from individuals suspected of COVID 19 … [as well as] from individuals without symptoms or other reasons to suspect COVID-19 infection. …

This test is also for use with individual nasal swab specimens that are self-collected using the Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 test home collection kit … The COVID-19 RT-PCR test is also for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in pooled samples, using a matrix pooling strategy (FDA, LabCorp Laboratory Test Number: 139900)

This test is based on upper and lower respiratory specimens.

The criteria and guidelines confirmed by the CDC pertaining to “The CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Diagnostic Panel” are as follows (Read carefully):

Results are for the identification of 2019-nCoV RNA. The 2019-nCoV RNA is generally detectable in upper and lower respiratory specimens during infection. Positive results are indicative of active infection with 2019-nCoV but do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease. Laboratories within the United States and its territories are required to report all positive results to the appropriate public health authorities.

Negative results do not preclude 2019-nCoV infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or other patient management decisions. Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.

What this suggests is that a positive infection could be the result of co-infection with other viruses. According to the CDC it “does not rule out “bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease.” (CDC)

The following diagram summarizes the process of identifying positive and negative cases: All that is required is the presence of “viral genetic material” for it to be categorized as “positive”. The procedure does not identity or isolate Covid-19. What appears in the tests are fragments of the virus.

A positive test does not mean that you have the virus and/or that you could transmit the virus.
A negative test does not mean that you do not have it.
The CDC concepts cited above suggest that the PCR as applied to estimate the spread of the virus– is dysfunctional. Moreover, amplification in excess of 25 cycles will inevitably result in misleading estimates.
What the governments want is to inflate the number of positive cases.

Presumptive vs. Confirmed Cases

In the US, the CDC data include both “confirmed” and “presumptive” positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested under the jurisdiction by CDC since January 21, 2020.

The presumptive positive data does not confirm coronavirus infection: Presumptive testing involves “chemical analysis of a sample that establishes the possibility that a substance is present“ (emphasis added). The presumptive test must then be sent for confirmation to an accredited government health lab. (For further details see: Michel Chossudovsky, Spinning Fear and Panic Across America. Analysis of COVID-19 Data, March 20, 2020)

Similarly in Canada, “A point-of-care test” is a “rapid test done at the time and place of care, such as a hospital or doctor’s office”. It consists in collecting “samples from the nose or throat using swabs”, which are then tested on site, with almost immediate results (in 30 to 60 minutes). But it does not confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

Serological testing or Antibody Tests for COVID-19

According to the CDC, Serological tests do not detect the virus itself, “they detect the antibodies produced in response to an infection.” Serological tests are not used for “early diagnosis of COVID-19.”

“False Positives” and the Identification of the Virus. The PCR Test does not Identify SAR-CoV-2
While SARS-CoV-2 –namely the the virus which is said to cause COVID-19 (categorized as a disease), was isolated in a laboratory test in January 2020, the RT-PCR test does not identify/ detect the virus. What it detects are fragments of viri. According to renowned Swiss immunologist Dr B. Stadler

So if we do a PCR corona test on an immune person, it is not a virus that is detected, but a small shattered part of the viral genome. The test comes back positive for as long as there are tiny shattered parts of the virus left. Even if the infectious viri are long dead, a corona test can come back positive, because the PCR method multiplies even a tiny fraction of the viral genetic material enough [to be detected].

The Question is Positive for What?? The PCR test does not detect the identity of the virus, According to Dr. Pascal Sacré,

these tests detect viral particles, genetic sequences, not the whole virus.

In an attempt to quantify the viral load, these sequences are then amplified several times through numerous complex steps that are subject to errors, sterility errors and contamination.

Positive RT-PCR is not synonymous with COVID-19 disease! PCR specialists make it clear that a test must always be compared with the clinical record of the patient being tested, with the patient’s state of health to confirm its value [reliability]

The media frighten everyone with new positive PCR tests, without any nuance or context, wrongly assimilating this information with a second wave of COVID-19.

While the RT-PCR test was never intended to identify the virus, it nonetheless constitutes from the very outset the cornerstone of the official estimates of Covid-19 “positives”.

WHY then was it adopted??

The Controversial Drosten RT-PCR Study

F. William Engdahl in a recent article documents how the RT-PCR Test was instated by the WHO at the outset, despite its obvious shortcomings in identifying the 2019-nCoV. The scandal takes its roots in Germany involving “a professor at the heart of Angela Merkel’s corona advisory group”:

On January 23, 2020, in the scientific journal Eurosurveillance, of the EU Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Dr. Christian Drosten, along with several colleagues from the Berlin Virology Institute at Charité Hospital, [together] with the head of a small Berlin biotech company, TIB Molbiol Syntheselabor GmbH, published a study entitled, “Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR” (Eurosurveillance January 23, 2020).

While Drosten et al’s Eurosurveillance article (undertaken in liaison with the WHO) confirmed that “several viral genome sequences had been released”, in the case of 2019-nCoV, however, “virus isolates or samples from infected patients were not available … “:

“The genome sequences suggest presence of a virus closely related to the members of a viral species termed severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-related CoV, a species defined by the agent of the 2002/03 outbreak of SARS in humans [3,4].

We report on the the establishment and validation of a diagnostic workflow for 2019-nCoV screening and specific confirmation [using the RT-PCR test], designed in absence of available virus isolates or original patient specimens. Design and validation were enabled by the close genetic relatedness to the 2003 SARS-CoV, and aided by the use of synthetic nucleic acid technology.” (Eurosurveillance, January 23, 2020, emphasis added).

What this (erroneous) statement suggests is that the identity of 2019-nCoV was not required and that “validation” would be enabled by “the close genetic relatedness to the 2003-SARS-CoV.”

The recommendations of the Drosten study (supported by the Gates Foundation) pertaining to the use of the RT-PCR test applied to 2019-nCoV were then transmitted to the WHO. They were subsequently endorsed by the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom. The identity of the virus was not required.

The above also explains the subsequent renaming by the WHO of the 2019-nCoV to SARS-CoV-2.

The Drosten et al article pertaining to the use of the RT-PCR test Worldwide (under WHO guidance) was challenged in a November 27, 2020 study by a group of 23 international virologists, microbiologists et al. “Their careful analysis of the original [Drosten] piece is damning. …They accuse Drosten and cohorts of “fatal” scientific incompetence and flaws in promoting their test” (Engdahl, December, 2020):

In light of all the consequences resulting from this very publication for societies worldwide, a group of independent researchers performed a point-by-point review of the aforesaid publication [Drosten] in which 1) all components of the presented test design were cross checked, 2) the RT-qPCR protocol-recommendations were assessed w.r.t. good laboratory practice, and 3) parameters examined against relevant scientific literature covering the field.

The published RT-qPCR protocol for detection and diagnostics of 2019-nCoV and the manuscript suffer from numerous technical and scientific errors, including insufficient primer design, a problematic and insufficient RT-qPCR protocol, and the absence of an accurate test validation. Neither the presented test nor the manuscript itself fulfils the requirements for an acceptable scientific publication. Further, serious conflicts of interest of the authors are not mentioned. Finally, the very short timescale between submission and acceptance of the publication (24 hours) signifies that a systematic peer review process was either not performed here, or of problematic poor quality. We provide compelling evidence of several scientific inadequacies, errors and flaws. (November 27, 2020 Critique of Drosten article, emphasis added)

The results of the PCR Test applied to SARS-2 are blatantly flawed. At the time of writing (Second Wave) the test is being used extensively to hike up the numbers with a view to justifying a partial lockdown with devastating social and economic impacts including the engineered bankruptcy of tourism, air travel and the urban services economy. (See Chapters IV and V)

The RT-PCR Test. CDC “Estimates” of So-called Covid-19 “Positive Cases”. How is the Data Tabulated?

Below is a screen shot of the CDC form entitled Human Infection with 2019 Novel Coronavirus Case Report Form to be filled in by authorized medical/ health personnel

Note the categorization, bearing in mind that neither the “Probable Case” nor the (RT-PCR) “Lab-confirmed case” are “confirmed”. Moreover, there is no way to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a PCR lab test (as stated above).

In the US, the probable (PC) and the lab confirmed cases (CC) are lumped together. And the total number (PC + CC ) constitutes the basis for establishing the data for COVID-19 infection. It’s like adding apples and oranges.

The total figure (PC+CC) categorized as “Total cases” is meaningless. It does not measure positive COVID-19 Infection.

Most of the presumptive tests are undertaken by private clinics or commercial clinics.

In the UK, according to a Daily Telegraph May 21 report: “samples taken from the same patient are being recorded as two separate tests in the Government’s official figures”.

This is only one example of data manipulation.

In the US, clinics are paid ($$$) to hike up the number of Covid-19 admissions. A probable case does not require a lab exam: “Meets vital records criteria with no confirmatory lab testing” (see form above)

COVID-19 Recovery Rates

The CDC Data tabulates both “confirmed” and “presumptive” positive cases since January 21, 2020. Yet what it fails to make public is that among the confirmed and presumptive cases, a large number of Americans have recovered. But nobody talks about recovery. It does not make the headlines.

The Falsification of Death Certificates in the U.S.

At the outset of the pandemic, the CDC had been instructed to change the methodology regarding Death Certificates with a view to artificially inflating the numbers of “Covid deaths”. According to H. Ealy, M. McEvoy et al

“The 2003 guidelines for establishing death certificates had been cancelled. “Had the CDC used its industry standard, Medical Examiners’ and Coroners’ Handbook on Death Registration and Fetal Death Reporting Revision 2003, as it has for all other causes of death for the last 17 years, the COVID-19 fatality count would be approximately 90.2% lower than it currently is.” (Covid-19: Questionable Policies, Manipulated Rules of Data Collection and Reporting. Is It Safe for Students to Return to School? By H. Ealy, M. McEvoy, and et al., August 09, 2020

CDC Deaths Attributed to COVID-19. Comorbidities

The latest CDC report confirms that 94% of the deaths attributed to Covid have “comorbidities”,(i.e. deaths dues other causes).

For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups.

On March 21, 2020 the following specific guidelines were introduced by the CDC regarding Death Certificates (and their tabulation in the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS)

COVID-19: The “underlying cause of death”

Will COVID-19 be the underlying cause of death? This concept is fundamental. The underlying cause of death is defined by the WHO as “the disease or injury that initiated the train of events leading directly to death”.

What the CDC is recommending with regards to statistical coding and categorization is that COVID-19 is expected to be the underlying cause of death “more often than not.”

“What Happens if Certifiers Report Terms other than the Suggested Term?”(see below)

The Certifier is not allowed to report coronavirus without identifying a specific strain. And the guideline recommends that COVID-19 be indicated, when in fact the nature of the PCR test does not isolate the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (2019 coronavirus strain).

(see below): (source CDC)

Will COVID-19 be the underlying cause of death?

“The underlying cause depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID- 19 being the underlying cause more often than not.”

“What happens if certifiers report terms other than the suggested terms?

If a death certificate reports coronavirus without identifying a specific strain or explicitly specifying that it is not COVID-19, NCHS will ask the states to follow up to verify whether or not the coronavirus was COVID-19.

As long as the phrase used indicates the 2019 coronavirus strain, NCHS expects to assign the new code. However, it is preferable and more straightforward for certifiers to use the standard terminology (COVID-19).

What happens if the terms reported on the death certificate indicate uncertainty?

If the death certificate reports terms such as “probable COVID-19” or “likely COVID-19,” these terms would be assigned the new ICD code. It Is not likely that NCHS will follow up on these cases.

If “pending COVID-19 testing” is reported on the death certificate, this would be considered a pending record. In this scenario, NCHS would expect to receive an updated record, since the code will likely result in R99. In this case, NCHS will ask the states to follow up to verify if test results confirmed that the decedent had COVID- 19.

… COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death. Certifiers should include as much detail as possible based on their knowledge of the case, medical records, laboratory testing, etc.”

The CDC’s “More Often than Not” Clause Falsifies the Cause of Death?

These specific guidelines have indelibly contributed to increasing Covid-19 as the recorded “cause of death”

And this despite the fact that the use of RT-PCR test provides misleading results.


Test, Test, Test

The RT-PCR Test is known to produce a high percentage of false positives. People are frightened. They are encouraged to do the PCR test, which increases the number of fake positives. And governments are currently involved in increasing the number of PCR tests with a view to inflating the number of so-called Covid-19 positive cases.

But a PCR positive does not confirm a Covid-19 positive.

These inflated Covid positive “estimates” (from the PCR test) are then tabulated and used to sustain the fear campaign. The hype in Covid-19 deaths is based on flawed and biased criteria.

According to Dr. Pascal Sacré in an article entitled: The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a “Test” To Lock Down Society: .

This misuse of RT-PCR technique is used as a relentless and intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify excessive measures such as the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society, the degradation of living conditions for a large number of ordinary citizens, under the pretext of a pandemic based on a number of positive RT-PCR tests, and not on a real number of patients.

The RT- PCR tests do not prove infection:

“Today, as authorities test more people, there are bound to be more positive RT-PCR tests. This does not mean that COVID-19 is coming back, or that the epidemic is moving in waves. There are more people being tested, that’s all.”

This procedure of massive data collection is there to provide supportive (faulty) “estimates” to justify the existence of so-called “Second Wave”, not to mention the devastating economic and social consequences. (See Chapters IV and IX)



Chapter III
The Corona Timeline

September 19, 2019: The ID2020 Alliance held their Summit in New York, entitled “Rising to the Good ID Challenge”. The focus was on the establishment of a vaccine with an embedded digital passport.

October 18, 2019. The 201 Pandemic Simulation Exercise

The coronavirus was initially named 2019-nCoV by the WHO, the same name (with the exception of the placement of the date) as that adopted at the October 18, 2019 201 Simulation exercise under the auspices of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, Centre for Heath Security (an event sponsored by the Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum).(Event 201)

In October 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security hosted a pandemic tabletop exercise called Event 201 with partners, the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. … For the scenario, we modeled a fictional coronavirus pandemic, but we explicitly stated that it was not a prediction.

Instead, the exercise served to highlight preparedness and response challenges that would likely arise in a very severe pandemic. We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 outbreak will kill 65 million people.

Although our tabletop exercise included a mock novel coronavirus, the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019.“We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 [which was also used as the name of the simulation] outbreak will kill 65 million people.

.Although our tabletop exercise included a mock novel coronavirus, the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019.”

December 31, 2019: First cases of pneumonia detected and reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province. China.

January 1, 2020: Chinese health authorities close the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market after Western media reports that wild animals sold there may have been the source of the virus. This initial assessment was subsequently refuted by Chinese scientists.

January 7, 2020: Chinese authorities “identify a new type of virus” which was isolated on 7 January.

January 11, 2020 – The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission announces the first death caused by the coronavirus.

January 22, 2020: WHO. Members of the WHO Emergency Committee “expressed divergent views on whether this event constitutes a PHEIC or not”. The Committee meeting was reconvened on January 23, 2020, overlapping with the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos (January 21-24, 2020).

The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) expressed divergent views on whether this event constitutes a PHEIC or not. At that time, the advice was that the event did not constitute a PHEIC, but the Committee members agreed on the urgency of the situation and suggested that the Committee should be reconvened in a matter of days to examine the situation further.

January 21-24, 2020: Consultations at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland under auspices of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) for development of a vaccine program. CEPI is a WEF-Gates partnership. With support from CEPI, Seattle based Moderna will manufacture an mRNA vaccine against 2019-nCoV, “The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH, collaborated with Moderna to design the vaccine.”

Note: The development of a 2019 nCoV vaccine was announced at Davos, 2 weeks after the January 7, 2020 announcement, and barely a week prior to the official launching of the WHO’s Worldwide Public Health emergency on January 30. The WEF-Gates-CEPI Vaccine Announcement precedes the WHO Public Health Emergency (PHEIC)

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Dominant financial interests, billionaire foundations and international financial institutions played a key role in launching the WHO Public Health Emergency (PHEIC).

In the week preceding this historic WHO decision. The PHEIC was the object of “consultations” at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos (January 21-24). The WHO Director General Dr. Tedros was present at Davos. Were these consultations instrumental in influencing the WHO’s historic decision on January 30th.

Was there a Conflict of Interest as defined by the WHO? The WHO’s largest donor is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which together with the WEF and CEPI had already announced in Davos the development of a Covid-19 vaccine prior to the historic January 30th launching of the PHEIC.

January 28, 2020: The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the novela corona virus had been isolated.

The WHO Director General had the backing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Big Pharma and the World Economic Forum (WEF). There are indications that the decision for the WHO to declare a Global Health Emergency was taken on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (January 21-24) overlapping with the Geneva January 22 meeting of the Emergency Committee.

The WHO’s Director Tedros was present at Davos 2020. At Davos, the Gates Foundation announced $10 billion commitment to vaccines over the next 10 years.

This pledge was made in Davos, Switzerland, barely a week prior to the WHO decision to launch the PHEIC.

January 30, 2020: The WHO’s Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

The first stage of this crisis was launched by the WHO on January 30th. While officially it was not designated as a “Pandemic”, it nonetheless contributed to spearheading the fear campaign.

From the very outset, the estimates of “confirmed positive cases” have been part of a “Numbers Game”.

In some cases the statistics were simply not mentioned and in other cases the numbers were selectively inflated with a view to creating panic.

Not mentioned by the media: The number of “confirmed cases” based on faulty estimates (PCR) used to justify this far reaching decision was ridiculously low.

The Worldwide population outside China is of the order of 6.4 billion. On January 30, 2020 outside China there were:

83 cases in 18 countries, and only 7 of them had no history of travel in China. (see WHO, January 30, 2020).

On January 29, 2020, the day preceding the launching of the PHEI (recorded by the WHO), there were 5 cases in the US, 3 in Canada, 4 in France, 4 in Germany.

There was no “scientific basis” to justify the launching of a Worldwide public health emergency.

Screenshot of WHO table, January 29, 2020,

Those low numbers (not mentioned by the media) did not prevent the launching of a Worldwide fear campaign.

January 31, 2020: President Trump’s Decision to Suspend Air Travel with China

On the following day (January 31, 2020), Trump announced that he would deny entry to the US of both Chinese and foreign nationals “who have traveled in China in the last 14 days”. This immediately triggered a crisis in air travel, transportation, US-China trade relations as well as freight and shipping transactions.

Whereas the WHO “[did] not recommend any travel or trade restrictions” the five so-called “confirmed cases” in the US were sufficient to “justify” President Trump’s January 31st decision to suspend air travel to China while precipitating a hate campaign against ethnic Chinese throughout the Western World.

This historic January 31st decision paved the way towards the disruption of international commodity trade as well as Worldwide restrictions on air travel.

“Fake media” immediately went into high gear. China was held responsible for “spreading infection” Worldwide.

Early February: the acronym of the coronavirus was changed from nCoV- 2019 (its name under the October Event 201 John Hopkins Simulation Exercise before it was identified in early January 2020) to COVID-19.

February 20-21, 2020. Worldwide Covid Data Outside China: The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

While China reported a total of 75,567 cases of COVID-19, (February 20) the confirmed cases outside China were abysmally low and the statistics based in large part on the the PCR test used to confirm the “Worldwide spread of the virus” were questionable to say the least. Moreover, out of the 75,567 cases in China, a large percentage had recovered. And recovery figures were not acknowledged by the media.

On the day of Dr. Tedros’ historic press conference (February 20, 2020) the recorded number of confirmed cases outside China was 1073 of which 621 were passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship (stranded in Japanese territorial waters).

From a statistical point of view, the WHO decision pointing to a potential “spread of the virus Worldwide” did not make sense.

On February 20th, 57.9 % of the Worldwide Covid-19 “confirmed cases” were from the Diamond Princess, hardly representative of a Worldwide “statistical trend”.The official story is as follows:

A Hong Kong based passenger who had disembarked from the Diamond Princess in Hong Kong on January 25 developed pneumonia and was tested positive for the novela coronavirus on January 30.
He was reported to have travelled on January 10, to Shenzhen on mainland China (which borders on Hong Kong’s new territories).
The Diamond Princess arrived at Yokohama on February 3. A quarantine was imposed on the cruiser See NCBI study.
Many passengers fell sick due to the confinement on the boat.
All the passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess undertook the PCR test.
The number of confirmed cases increased to 691 on February 23.

Scan Source: NCBI Study

Read carefully: From the standpoint of assessing Worldwide statistical trends, the data doesn’t stand up. Without the Diamond Princess data, the so-called confirmed cases worldwide outside China on February 2oth would have been of the order of 452, out of a population of 6.4 billion.

Examine the WHO Graph below. The blue indicates the confirmed cases on the Diamond Princess (international conveyance) (which arrived in Yokohama on February 3, 2020), many of whom were sick, confined to their rooms for more than two weeks (quarantine imposed by Japan). All passengers and crew took the RT-PCR test (which does not detect or identify Covid-19).

Needless to say, this so-called data was instrumental in spearheading the fear campaign and the collapse of financial markets in the course of the month of February. (see section below)

February 20th, 2020: At a press conference on Thursday the 20th of February afternoon (CET Time) in a briefing in Geneva, the WHO Director General. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that he was

“concerned that the chance to contain the coronavirus outbreak was “closing” …

“I believe the window of opportunity is still there, but that the window is narrowing.”

There were only 1076 cases outside China (including the Diamond Press:

The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The “Second Wave” is Based on Fake Statistics

Screenshot, WHO Press Conference, February 20th, 2020

These “shock and awe” statements contributed to heightening the fear campaign, despite the fact that the number of confirmed cases outside China was exceedingly low. February 20-21, 2020 marks the beginning of the 2020 Financial Crash.

Officially 1073 cases Worldwide.

Excluding the Diamond Princess, 452 so-called “confirmed cases” Worldwide outside China, for a population of 6.4 billion recorded by the WHO on February 20th, 15 in the US, 8 in Canada, 9 in the UK. (See table right, February 20, 2020). Those are the figures used to justify Dr. Tedros’ warnings: “the window is narrowing”:

A larger number of cases outside China were recorded in South Korea (153 cases according to WHO) and Italy (recorded by national authorities).

WHO data recorded on February 2020 at the outset of the so-called Covid Financial Crash (right)

The statement by Dr. Tedros (based on flawed concepts and statistics), set the stage for the February financial collapse

February 24: Moderna Inc supported by CEPI announced that its experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, was ready for human testing.

February 28, 2020: A WHO vaccination campaign was announced by WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

More than 20 vaccines are in development globally, and several therapeutics are in clinical trials. We expect the first results in a few weeks.. The campaign to develop vaccines was initiated prior to decision of the WHO to launch a Global Public Health emergency. It was first announced at the WEF meeting at Davos (21-24 January) by CEPI.

Early March: China: More than 50% of the infected patients recovered and were discharged from the hospitals.

A total of 49,856 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and were discharged from hospitals in China. (WHO). What this means that the total number of “confirmed infected cases” in China is 30,448. (Namely 80,304 minus 49856 = 30,448 (80 304 is the total number on confirmed cases in China (WHO data, March 3, 2020). These developments concerning “recovery” are not reported by the Western media.

March 5, WHO Director General confirms that outside China there are 2055 cases reported in 33 countries. Around 80% of those cases continue to come from just three countries (South Korea, Iran, Italy).

March 7: USA: The number of “confirmed cases” (infected and recovered) in the United States in early March is of the order of 430, rising to about 6oo (March Cool. Rapid rise in the course of March.

Compare that to the figures pertaining to the Influenza B Virus: The CDC estimates for 2019-2020 “at least 15 million virus flu illnesses… 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths. (The Hill)

March 7: China: The Pandemic is Almost Over

Reported new cases in China fall to double digit. 99 cases recorded on March 7. All of the new cases outside Hubei province are categorized as “imported infections”(from foreign countries). The reliability of the data remains to be established:

99 newly confirmed cases including 74 in Hubei Province, … The new cases included 24 imported infections — 17 in Gansu Province, three in Beijing, three in Shanghai and one in Guangdong Province

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Preston councillor rushed to hospital with severe Covid vaccine side-effects
https://web.archive.org/web/20210116141910/https://www.lep.co.uk/healt h/coronavirus/preston-councillor-rushed-hospital-severe-covid-vaccine- side-effects-3103026

A Preston councillor had to be rushed to hospital after suffering extreme side-effects from his Covid-19 vaccine.
By Matthew Calderbank
Saturday, 16th January 2021, 1:30 pm
Speaking to the Post, city councillor Pav Akhtar has described how he was left fearing for his life after being admitted to Royal Preston Hospital within hours of the jab.

The 42-year-old councillor for Plungington, who works full-time for the NHS, spent 24 hours in emergency care last week.

Coun Akhtar was among a number of NHS staff to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech jab last Friday (January Cool at the Ryan Medical Centre in Bamber Bridge.

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But minutes later, as he was sat in the post-vaccine waiting area where patients are monitored for adverse reactions, Coun Akhtar began feeling unwell.

"Within 10 minutes, I could tell that my breathing pattern had changed. I was having to dig deeper into my diaphragm to breathe," said Coun Akhtar.

"My breathing went and I started to feel a bit nervous and clammy. I wasn't sure what was going on. But I tried to ignore it and told myself it would pass."

Feeling uneasy, Coun Akhtar returned home expecting the unpleasant side-effects to soon pass. But his condition rapidly deteriorated.

Despite his scare, Preston councillor Pav Akhtar remains positive about the benefits of the vaccine and has urged others to get vaccinated to help protect themselves and their loved ones. Pic: Pav Akhtar
Despite his scare, Preston councillor Pav Akhtar remains positive about the benefits of the vaccine and has urged others to get vaccinated to help protect themselves and their loved ones. Pic: Pav Akhtar
A short time later, he found himself led in a hospital bed in an isolation unit at Royal Preston Hospital where staff suspected he might have Covid-19.

"I didn't have an underlying health condition that was expected to trigger a reaction," said Coun Akhtar.

"But the flu-like snuffles and muscle ache kicked in, followed by a horrendous fever. When I closed my eyes to lay down I felt like the top of my scalp was melting and sliding down my face. It was horrible.

"I was really struggling with my breathing, I was so short of breath. So we called the ambulance and I was taken straight to A&E.

The 42-year-old councillor for Plungington, who works full-time for the NHS, spent 24 hours in emergency care after suffering severe side-effects from the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. Pic: Pav Akhtar
The 42-year-old councillor for Plungington, who works full-time for the NHS, spent 24 hours in emergency care after suffering severe side-effects from the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. Pic: Pav Akhtar
"My fever remained and the temperature shot up to 40°c. It was this combination of symptoms that made the A&E team suspect that I might have Covid-19 or a reaction to the vaccine.

"That was the scariest bit, when they said that they suspected I might have Covid and put me into isolation."

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After 24 hours under close observation and after testing negative for the virus, Coun Akhtar's fever began to break and he was discharged home to continue his recovery.

Coun Pav Akhtar was among a number of NHS staff to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech jab last Friday (January Cool at the Ryan Medical Centre in Bamber Bridge. Pic: Google
Coun Pav Akhtar was among a number of NHS staff to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech jab last Friday (January Cool at the Ryan Medical Centre in Bamber Bridge. Pic: Google
He said: "Thankfully, I'm all rested and recovered now, but there were a few ropy moments where I got a bit nervous and I wasn't sure what was going on.

"It was about five days later when I started to feel myself improving. I was still aching, but I forced myself to get up and out of bed."

Despite his scare, Coun Akhtar remains positive about the benefits of vaccines and the important role they will play in overcoming the pandemic.

He said he will still have his booster jab in March to ensure he benefits from the 95% protection the full vaccine offers.

"It's been a week now and I feel perfectly fine," he said, adding,"I also feel mentally stronger because I know I'm on my way to protecting myself from Covid-19.

"I’m still firmly in favour of getting vaccinated. It’s the only realistic way to help us rediscover some semblance of normality.

"But I felt that it was important to acknowledge side effects can happen to some of us. But we will also get through these setbacks and we should not be afraid of the vaccine.

"I’m glad I got a jab because, at this point, our choice is between getting Covid or getting vaccinated. And we all know which is worse.

"I’m all sorted now and some older and much frailer family members have had their jabs without any side effects.

"Everyone definitely needs to get their vaccination as soon as it's offered to them, so that we can start to get some control on the disease.

"We all need to play our part. We need to help my NHS co-workers, and social care staff, other essential workers, and our communities by getting the vaccine.

"The vaccine is our best hope at this time, as it will massively cut the risk of catching Covid-19 and the relatively small possibility of some side effects shouldn't put us off getting vaccinated.

"This is our shot to get back to some semblance of normality. Getting vaccinated will help protect us and our loved ones."

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Government to discontinue Covid ad accusing joggers or those exercising of being 'highly likely' to have the virus
Controversial advert condemned for spreading 'false information' and risking 'scaring' people into physical inactivity
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/21/government-discontinue-cov id-ad-accusing-joggers-exercising/

By Ben Rumsby 21 January 2021 • 6:00pm
A Government advert that says joggers and dog-walkers are "highly likely" to have Covid is to be discontinued after the regulator said there was no evidence to support the claim.

The Telegraph can reveal that the Cabinet Office has also agreed not to repeat the claim made in the 30-second radio ad – which also warns that "people will die" if individuals "bend the rules" – after being contacted by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The taxpayer-funded advert was condemned by MPs and public health experts for spreading "false information" and risking "scaring" people into physical inactivity during the third national lockdown.

The ASA said it had received complaints and would "assess those carefully to establish whether there are any grounds for further action".

A spokesman said: "We have contacted the Cabinet Office with the concerns that have been raised about its claim, in a radio ad, that it is 'highly likely' that individuals such as joggers and dog-walkers have Covid-19.

"Our rules require that advertisers hold robust documentary evidence to prove claims that are capable of substantiation. We have received an assurance from the Cabinet Office that the ad will be discontinued by early next week and the claim about individuals being highly likely to have Covid-19 will not be repeated.

"On that basis, as the Cabinet Office has worked with us to swiftly address and resolve this matter without the need for formal investigation, we consider the matter closed."

The ASA said it was also assessing complaints about a similar ad about supermarket trolleys, as well as a poster about takeaway coffee headlined "Don't Let a Coffee Cost Lives", but had yet to contact the Government about those.

According to the most recent official data, one in 50 people in England was estimated to have Covid between December 27 and January 2, rising to one in 30 in London, which would mean individuals are unlikely – rather than highly likely – to have the virus.

Under ASA rules, adverts must be "legal, decent, honest and truthful".

The full Government advert says: "Someone jogging, walking their dog or working out in the park is highly likely to have Covid-19. This is a national health emergency. Around one in three people have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing. So exercise locally. If you're on your own, you can meet one other person. But keep your distance. Exercise, don't socialise. And wash your hands the moment you get home. Stop the spread. Stick to the rules. If you bend the rules, people will die. Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives."

Professor Gabriel Scally, the president of epidemiology and public health at the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of Independent Sage, called the ad "appalling".

He said: "The first rule of public health communication is to be truthful. False information undermines trust and respect, often achieving entirely the opposite objective to that intended."

The former sports minister Tracey Crouch also urged the Government to "rethink this advert that seems to blame those exercising for spreading Covid", saying: "We know that activity, which is allowed under Government guidance, is good for people's physical and mental well-being, and this ad could end up scaring people not to do [it], storing up health issues for the future."

The Cabinet Office declined to comment, but The Telegraph has been told the ad will cease at the end of the current campaign phase this weekend.

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