TESLA boss Elon Musk is advocating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that the official death toll is being artificially exaggerated.
He’s continuing to lash out on social media about restrictions to curb the spread of the killer bug, scathingly calling lockdown measures “fascist”.
Yesterday, Musk retweeted comments from one of his fans, ‘AnOmaly’, which claimed: “The numbers are probably inflated.”
AnOmaly, who has 83,4000 followers on Twitter and bills himself on social media as a “news analyst and matrix breaker”, was sharing video of an opinionated Italian politician, Vittoria Sgarbi.
Sgargi claims that 25,000 people were not true victims of the killer bug, and that the pandemic is being used to “establish a dictatorship” in Italy, reports The Liberal.
In the parliamentary clip, a fuming Sgarbi rips into politicians over rules imposed to maintain social distancing, and the wearing of face masks in public.
He can be seen ranting that "60 per cent died from other diseases" rather than from coronavirus in Italy – where the death toll has hit 30,560.
Sgarbi then attacks the order to wear face masks where distancing is difficult, slamming it as "ridiculous".
He tells fellow MPs: "We are a state with the fewest rights in Europe.
"Germany has shown proof of strength and the correct response.
"We here are once more humiliated by Germany even in illness.
"We have closed 60 per cent of businesses,
"Let's give the actual numbers, let us not continue to lie."
AnOmaly praised Sgarbi for "explaining what Elon Musk, I and many others are telling the truth about."
The Tesla chief retweeted his comments, while adding: "He is right."
The Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneur has expressed complete disapproval of Covid-19 restrictions, for example tweeting "The coronavirus panic is dumb" in March.
He also called lockdown measures “fascist” during the electric carmaker’s first-quarter earnings conference call with analysts.
The billionaire has been urging governments to stop taking people’s freedom.
Musk’s controversial tweets come as competing automakers are starting to reopen factories in the US.
But, on Saturday he threatened to pull the company’s factory and headquarters out of California.
Plus, he is suing local officials who have stopped Tesla from reopening its electric vehicle factory in Fremont.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Tesla accused the Alameda County Health Department of overstepping federal and state coronavirus restrictions when it stopped the firm from restarting production.
It contends factory workers are allowed to work during California’s stay-at-home order because the facility is considered “critical infrastructure.”
"The unelected & ignorant 'Interim Health Officer' of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!" he wrote online.
Musk tweeted: “Frankly, this is the final straw.
“Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately.”
He added: "If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependent (sic) on how Tesla is treated in the future.
"Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA."
Tesla told employees in emails sent on Thursday and Friday it would be reopening its plant in Fremont on Friday, despite the local government's order that large manufacturers can't resume operations just yet amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The South African tech mogul, who has five sons from his previous marriage, recently shared the first photos of his newborn son with singer Grimes.
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