Pete Evans claims 'there is no pandemic' as he spreads fake news

Celebrity chef Pete Evans spreads an onslaught of dangerous fake news on social media saying ‘there is no pandemic’ while claiming coronavirus is ‘less deadly than the flu’

Pete Evans has questioned whether or not there is a COVID-19 pandemic, as he shared an onslaught of dangerous fake news memes on Saturday. 

The 47-year-old celebrity chef posted several memes to Instagram and Instagram Stories, raising dangerous and debunked conspiracy theories around the coronavirus pandemic. 

One of the memes claimed that, ‘There is NO pandemic’ and that the virus is, ‘less deadly than the flu’. 

Pete Evans (pictured) has questioned whether or not there is a COVID-19 pandemic, as he shared an onslaught of dangerous fake news memes to Instagram on Saturday

Pete did not make it clear if he was agreeing with the contents of the meme or not.  

Alongside it, Pete asked his 249,000 followers: ‘True or false or somewhere in between?’

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.

Around 3.4 per cent of COVID-19 cases have died globally, compared to less than one per cent of seasonal flu cases.  

The meme went on to claim: ‘This is Agenda 21 being played out in real life.’ 

One of the memes claimed that ‘There is NO pandemic’ and that the virus is, ‘less deadly than the flu’. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. Around 3.4 per cent of COVID-19 cased have died globally, compared to less than one per cent of seasonal flu cases

Pete did not make it clear if he was agreeing with the contents of the meme or not. Alongside it, Pete asked his 249,000 followers: ‘True or false or somewhere in between?’

A second meme showed a skeleton and read: ‘Trying to find data that justified the lockdown’. There are 9.76 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, with 493,000 deaths

Agenda 21 is a non-binding United Nations action plan regarding sustainable development. 

However, some more radical conspiracy theorists believe that Agenda 21 is a climate change hoax perpetuated by the UN, designed to depopulate the world. 

A second meme showed a skeleton and read: ‘Trying to find data that justified the lockdown’. 

Pete captioned it: ‘This one got me soooo good. It is always good to be able to have a good laugh’. 

Earlier this month, the anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist shared a post to Facebook that questioned the confirmed infection rate

There are 9.76 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, with 493,000 deaths.     

The posts were just two of over 20 that the former My Kitchen Rules star shared to Instagram on Saturday, most questioning publicly available information related to the pandemic or raising outlandish conspiracy theories. 

Earlier this month, the controversial former television star made similar posts,  revealing he is convinced governments are not telling the truth about the total number of coronavirus cases around the world. 

The cookbook author and conspiracy theorist shared a post to Facebook that questioned the confirmed infection rate.

It comes after the anti-vaxxer made headlines for suggesting he was immune to COVID-19. Pete made the bizarre claim during his interview with Liz Hayes on 60 Minutes – but his statements were edited out of the version that went to air 

‘Anyone knows what this means?’ he captioned the meme suggesting that the official reporting of coronavirus cases was incorrect.

Pete made sure not to state that he agreed with the post, insisting he’s ‘just a chef’.  

However, he did use the hashtag ‘it doesn’t add up’, which seems to suggest he does not agree with the official figures.

It’s unclear if Pete is suggesting the number of cases is higher or lower than what health organisations are stating. 

In the full interview, uploaded to his YouTube account, Pete said: ‘We know there’s a flu that goes around, whatever strain or mutation or whatever that is, who knows? I’ve never had a flu vaccine because I’m not concerned about catching a flu’

It comes after the anti-vaxxer made headlines for suggesting he was immune to COVID-19. 

Pete made the bizarre claim during his interview with Liz Hayes on 60 Minutes – but his statements were edited out of the version that went to air. 

In the full interview, uploaded to his YouTube account, Pete said: ‘We know there’s a flu that goes around, whatever strain or mutation or whatever that is, who knows? I’ve never had a flu vaccine because I’m not concerned about catching a flu.’  

He added: ‘And am I fearful of COVID-19, if I came into contact with anybody [who has it]? No I’m not, because I believe in who I am and my ability to stay as healthy as I can through anything’

He added: ‘And am I fearful of COVID-19, if I came into contact with anybody [who has it]? No I’m not, because I believe in who I am and my ability to stay as healthy as I can through anything.’ 

During his interview, Pete also revealed he was skeptical of whether the spread of coronavirus actually constituted a pandemic. 

‘There seems to be more and more information that comes out that is conflicting,’ he said, attempting to justify his conspiracy theory. 

While 104 people have died in Australia from coronavirus, more than 6,958 of the 7,593 diagnosed cases have recovered.  

History of Pete Evans’ controversies

October 2014: Pete claims the Paleo diet can prevent autism

March 2015: His book is pulled from shelves due to its bone broth recipe for infants

July 2016: Pete claims vegan women should eat meat during pregnancy, advises against wearing ‘normal’ sunscreen, and claims Wi-Fi is ‘dangerous’ 

August 2016: He says osteoporosis suffers shouldn’t eat dairy

September 2016: Pete claims camel milk could supplement breastfeeding 

April 2017: Pete campaigns against the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’

December 2018: Pete reveals he looks directly into the sun

April 2020: Pete’s ketogenic recipe book is slammed by health professionals and he is fined for promoting his ‘healing lamp’ 

May 2020: Reveals he is an anti-vaxxer during Kyle And Jackie O radio interview 

June 2020: Shares his conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on 60 Minutes

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