Did Belgium Health Minister Ban 'Group Sex' Over COVID-19? Nope!

World News Daily Report produces articles that are ‘satirical’ and ‘fictional’ in nature.

Published24 Mar 2020, 02:22 PM IST
WebQoof
2 min read

CLAIM

While countries around the world are making efforts to contain COVID-19, an article by a website named World News Daily Report being shared widely on social media platforms claims that Belgium’s Health Minister Maggie De Block has banned ‘non-essential’ sexual activities of three or more persons.

Belgium Health Minister puts ban on non-essential sexual activities of persons 3 or greater in indoor areas

Belgium Health Minister Maggie de Block has put a ban on all non-essential sexual activities of persons 3 or greater in indoor areas. Health Minister de Block announced today that, effective immediately, "non-essential" sexual activities of 3 people or more are banned in Belgium to combat the sprea

The article claims that she announced in the country’s Parliament that Belgium is the ‘beer-drinking’ and ‘group sex capital of Europe’ and hence such measures were essential in view of the novel coronavirus.

It goes on to say that she mentioned that ‘single or two-person’ sexual practices are not banned and these measures apply only to human-to-human sexual contact, not human-to-animal contact.

We found that the article has been shared massively on social media platforms.

A Twitter user named Ursual Keiner wrote, “In other news: #Belgium prohibits sexual acts of more that 3 people after 500 person #orgy spread #coronavirus. However, #bestiality is still allowed.”

Did Belgium Health Minister Ban 'Group Sex' Over COVID-19? Nope!
(Source: Twitter/Ursual Keiner)

(You can find the archived version of the tweet here.)

Many Facebook users also shared the same message through their posts.

Screenshot of the post on Facebook.
Screenshot of the post on Facebook.
(Source: Facebook)

TRUE OR FALSE?

The story has no truth to it. No such measures have been announced by Maggie De Block and the article is a work of satirical fiction.

There is a disclaimer at the end of the website that clearly mentions that the articles are ‘satirical’ and ‘fictional’ in nature and all characters appearing in the articles, even those based on real people, are ‘entirely fictional’ in nature.

Screenshot of the disclaimer that runs on the website.
Screenshot of the disclaimer that runs on the website.
(Source: World News Daily Report)

The Quint has debunked fake news related to this website several times and one such piece can be viewed here.

Evidently, a satirical platform’s article is being shared to spread fake news amidst the global panic over COVID-19.

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