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Jake Paul Claims Coronavirus Is A 'Hoax' And Says US Should Return To Normal

Jake Paul Claims Coronavirus Is A 'Hoax' And Says US Should Return To Normal

Jake Paul has called the coronavirus a 'hoax' and says it's time for the US to 'go back to normal', before back-tracking and adding that 'obviously, the coronavirus has killed people'.

The 23-year-old YouTuber turned boxer hit headlines back in July after he threw a huge party at his Calabasas mansion where guests failed to wear masks.

Calabasas Major Alicia Weintraub told Fox 11 at the time: "They're having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it's just a big, huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning."

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Adding that guests were 'acting like Covid doesn't exist'.

At the time, Paul remained defiant, telling Insider: "No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn't know what to do.

"But I personally am not the type of person who's going to sit around and not live my life."

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Now, in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Paul has said he thinks the virus is a 'hoax' and also incorrectly claimed Covid-19 has only killed as many people as flu.

He told the news outlet: "I mean... it's time for us to open up.

"Obviously it's a controversial subject, but it's time for our nation to open up and go back to normal."

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He went on to say that closing things down had meant that people had lost their jobs and gone bankrupt leaving 'millions unemployed'.

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He also claimed that people were turning to alcohol and drugs to cope with the way things were.

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He then added: "This is the most detrimental thing to our society. Covid cases are at less than one percent, and I think the disease is a hoax."

When pushed on if he really believed the disease was a hoax, despite the US having around 260,000 Covid deaths - he said: "Urgh. Yeah, and so has the 'flu."

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According to the Centre for Disease Control, the 'flu was responsible for 22,000 deaths in the 2019-2020 influenza season. When presented with these facts, Paul replied: "OK."

He then asked if we had a vaccine for Covid.

Later in the interview he appeared to go back on what he said, admitting: "Obviously, the coronavirus has killed people.

"I think if you're at-risk, be careful. If you're around people who are at-risk, be careful. Quarantine, do everything right, and live in a bubble, essentially.

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"But I think if you're young, healthy, and don't have any health issues, I don't think anything should be different."

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Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]