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    The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by the emergence of a number of bizarre conspiracy theories, like claims about 5G towers allegedly being somehow linked to the disease, prompting entrepreneur and SpaceX founder Elon Musk to address one such peculiar hypothesis.

    The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by the emergence of a number of bizarre conspiracy theories, like claims about 5G towers allegedly being somehow linked to the disease, prompting entrepreneur and SpaceX founder Elon Musk to address one such peculiar hypothesis.

    One of Musk's fans shared a video on Twitter, featuring Italian politician Vittorio Sgarbi who, as the Sun notes, "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".

    ​"He is right", Musk simply replied to the tweet, and when another netizen claimed that people who die while infected with COVID-19 but perish due to other conditions are also labeled as the coronavirus' victims, the entrepreneur added: "Absolutely. Moreover, they don’t even need to be tested for covid, just need 'covid-like symptoms', which is a long list, including 'feeling weakness'. Hard to die *without* feeling weakness!"

    ​Yet while a number seemed to agree with Musk and the person who posted the original tweet, there also seemed to be no shortage of those who didn't.

    Some even proceeded to dig up certain other coronavirus-related tweets Elon made a few weeks ago, which may not hold water today.

    And there were also those who cast doubt on Sgarbi's opinion.

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