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Coronavirus: ‘Covid denier’ posts video from hospital to expose case numbers


A 30-year-old man visited Nicosia general hospital late on Monday and videoed his experience in an attempt to show there are no coronavirus patients and the lockdown is unnecessary.

In a recorded video, Limassol-based financial controller Neophytos Apostolou started a monologue from his car in the parking lot.

According to his statements, he travelled from his hometown to the capital because in Limassol “things are quiet and without any problems”.

He wanted to assess the epidemiological situation of Nicosia to “see if there is a problem with coronavirus in Cyprus because they [the media] wrote that we are heading for blanket lockdown”.

Commenting on the incident, spokesperson of state health services organisation Okypy Charalambos Charilaou banded the man a Covid-19 denier.

Initially, Neophytou pointed to a rapid test point near the hospital and said “there are not even people to get tested, where did they find all those cases?”.

He entered the hospital via the accidents and emergency department and asked where the coronavirus patients are treated.

With the video stopping at certain points, the 30-year-old allegedly found himself in the intensive care unit for Covid-19 patients, where only one woman was hospitalised “or possibly six more” he said exiting the hospital, citing the nurse’s statements.

He claimed he was visiting a relative and that he is a medical student to be allowed entry.

Visits are banned at the hospital but Charilaou said “anyone can manage to enter, it is not rocket science”.

The health ministry late on Monday announced 65 patients were being treated in the hospital for the virus, including 30 in the intensive care unit, eight in the high dependency unit, and 27 in the Covid ward which is located in the urological ward.

Ending the video, the young man summarised his journey and concluded “the coronavirus problem in Cyprus has finished”.

While at the hospital he wore his mask arguing he is a “law abiding citizen”.

Similar videos have appeared online in other countries.

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