REVEALED: The sick online virus deniers ’99 Unite’ tells thousands of followers not to get tested and to ignore social distancing rules because the virus is fakeOnline group ’99 Unite’ tells thousands of followers coronavirus is a hoax The group is led by Melburnians Fanos Panayides and Raphael Fernandez Conspiracy theories come despite Victoria battling a second wave of infections
A growing online group called 99 Unite are spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic and are urging followers to reject COVID-19 tests.
Facebook groups sharing bizarre theories about how the global health crisis is a cover orchestrated by governments to control people are growing in number.
Many followers appear to believe 99 Unite’s claims that the virus is a way to legitimise ‘non-stop surveillance’ and ‘mandatory vaccinations’.
The group – which is led by Melburnians Fanos Panayides and Raphael Fernandez – operates a number of Facebook pages which spread misinformation about coronavirus.
The men urge people to ignore social distancing and question the importance of face masks.
It comes as Victoria battles a second wave of coronavirus, with the state recording its highest spike of daily total of infections – 428 – on Friday.
The group – which is led by Melburnians Fanos Panayides and Raphael Fernandez (far left and far right) – operates a number of Facebook pages which spread misinformation about coronavirus
Pictured: Medical workers in PPE are seen at a public housing tower in North Melbourne on Saturday
Residents in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are currently subject to stay-at-home orders in a desperate attempt to control the series of outbreaks across the city.
On July 7, the 99 Unite duo visited a public housing tower in Flemington which was in lockdown.
Mr Fernandez wrote on Facebook: ‘Enough coming up with your treasonous rules Dictator Dan. How do the nurses, policeman and politicians sleep at night knowing this is a huge scam?’
‘You are responsible for the control that will be enforced upon your own family and children. Shame.
‘This is a plandemic, hoax and a test to see how much Australians will take and how many resources they need for what’s coming.’
Mr Fernandez said the ‘great awakening is here’ and claimed the world is waking up.
‘Inflated COVID positives, inaccurate tests, false Covid death numbers, nonsense social distancing rules for facial recognition cameras and non stop surveillance, cashless society so each and every purchase is tracked, mandatory vaccinations as pushed by Billy Gates and the corrupt WHO,’ he wrote.
The group – which is led by Melburnians Fanos Panayides (left) and Raphael Fernandez (right) – operates a number of Facebook groups to spread misinformation about coronavirus, including questioning the importance of social distancing and wearing face masks
Pictured: Medical workers and police are seen at a public housing tower in North Melbourne on Saturday
Mr Panayides often goes live on Facebook to share his misleading theories.
In a livestream on Saturday morning, Mr Panayides said he never told residents not to get tested or to stop wearing face masks amid the pandemic.
‘I said ”why would you need to be tested for a virus if it’s so frigging dangerous?”’ he said.
‘Why would you need to go knocking door-to-door to find it if it’s so f***ing dangerous?’
The group’s largest Facebook page has more than 65,000 members.
In spite of a surging second wave, conspiracy theorists have repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of coronavirus and even linked it to the rollout of the 5G technology network.
Others have used the virus as an opportunity to spruik dangerous anti-vaccination agendas.
Australia’s has recorded more than 11,000 coronavirus cases and there are over 3,000 currently active.
The national death toll hit 118 on Saturday.
Victoria reported 217 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the day after a record-breaking 428 were recorded
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