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A COVID-19 conspiracy theorist has been banned from visiting UK hospitals — unless for emergencies and appointments — after filming empty hospital corridors to falsely claim the government was lying about the scope of the pandemic, according to reports.
Hannah Dean, a 30-year-old mother-of-two, was slapped with a so-called anti-social behavior order — or ASBO — and fined the equivalent of about $270 for insisting hospitals are not full of coronavirus patients, The Sun reported.
If she ignores the order, she faces much heftier fines of up to £2,500, about $3,400, as well as arrest and possible criminal prosecution for spreading the lies about the pandemic, which has killed more than 108,000 Britons, according to the news outlet.
In addition to emergencies and appointments, she may only go to a hospital if she is a dependent of a patient.
Dean also is banned from encouraging people to ignore national coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
The action stems from her travel to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where she posted on Facebook that it was “the quietest I have ever seen it.”
She also shot similar footage at Southampton General Hospital, Royal Bournemouth Hospital and St.
I’m not Hannah” before claiming she is a journalist, prompting the guard to call the cops and order her to leave.
In an earlier post, Dean wrote: “I know this is hard to get our heads around, but the government are lying to us! And the reason why they’re lying to us….. is very disturbing!”
At Queen Alexandra Hospital, 744 people have died of the deadly bug. On Jan. 26, 426 patients were being treated there for the illness, including 47 who were on ventilators, according to The Sun.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital called the baseless claims “upsetting” in a statement released Tuesday.
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“This is part of a sustained social media campaign across the country to attempt to prove that our hospitals are not treating large numbers of COVID patients,” the hospital said.
“The film of our hospital proved nothing,” it went on, adding that it expects hospital corridors to be “clear and quiet” because “we treat our patients in our wards” and “we need to keep our corridors clear for infection prevention and to enable the transportation of patients if they need to be moved to another area for their care.”
Portsmouth Council Leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said that claiming COVID-19 is a hoax is “demeaning” to frontline healthcare workers and to “the loss so many families have felt in this city.”
“It’s a disgrace and how anybody could do that to other people and show so little for their suffering and their hard work, I don’t know,” he said.
Sussex police Chief Inspector Jon Carter described it as “unacceptable.”
“We are working together with Hampshire Constabulary to ensure the best avenues to deter this behavior from continuing are taken.”