Fact Check: Romanian Leading Parties and Doctors Did NOT Kill COVID-19 Patients in Hospitals

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Fact Check: Romanian Leading Parties and Doctors Did NOT Kill COVID-19 Patients in Hospitals No murders

Are Romanian doctors and members of the two governing parties, the social-democrats (PSD) and the national-liberals (PNL), responsible for murdering COVID-19 patients in hospitals during the pandemic? No, that's not true: the narrative has been pushed by far-right, anti-vaccine parties like AUR and SOS Romania, and recycled in the context of the upcoming 2024 quadruple elections - presidential, parliamentary, local authorities and European Parliament.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) published on TikTok by the Stalinesti chapter of the nationalistic party SOS Romania, on June 6, 2023, under the title "Before voting in 2024, think about this image". It continued:

Remember how PNL and PSD killed your families in hospitals and buried them in black, plastic bags.

The image is that of SOS Romania leader Diana Sosoaca holding a black body bag in Parliament. She is known for spreading disinformation about the pandemic, as well as about the war in Ukraine.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Fri Jul 7 11:45:32 2023 UTC)

The video references two misinformation narratives that far-right politicians like Diana Șoșoacă spread during the pandemic in Romania: that doctors are killing COVID-19 patients due to the brutal medical procedures they are applying to them and that COVID-19 burial procedures are disrespectful, profane and unnecessary. Similar procedures were applied in other countries, too.

Both of these narratives are being blamed by the TikTok user on the governing parties, PNL and PSD, but like any other EU and WHO member state, Romania adopted the recommendations made by WHO experts during the pandemic. Other countries have adopted even more rigid measures.

At the same time, there is no proof of doctors killing people in hospitals. Almost 70,000 people died due to COVID-19 in Romania out of over 3 million cases - in percentage terms, the results are similar to other neighboring Eastern European countries. This narrative is a variation of the "plandemic" and "depopulation" narratives debunked by Lead Stories.

Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the alliance here.

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