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Coronavirus conspiracy theorists scream at kids through megaphone outside school

A wacky group of protesters who appear to be against coronavirus testing have filmed themselves intimidating pupils and staff at a Merseyside school.

Parents, pupils and thousands of local people spoke out against the protesters condemning their "shameful" behaviour after bizarre scenes recorded yesterday, November 9, Liverpool ECHO reports.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows the group driving around Calderstones School in south Liverpool with a megaphone, shouting at pupils through the window to not get tested.

The woman with the megaphone yells: "If you get tested in school they are gonna lock you down!"

A man in the same car describes the coronavirus pandemic as a "lie" and a "fraud".

The group also allegedly harassed the school's headteacher and armed forces members helping out on site.

More footage uploaded on Twitter on the same day shows a man argue with a soldier at the school, saying: "No children have died of Covid-19, it's dreadful what is going on."

The conspiracy theory that coronavirus is "less deadly than flu" is still circulating despite there being 58,000 excess deaths in England and Wales in 2020 than the 2015-19 average, according to The Office for National Statistics.

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Students will not be forced to take a test and will only do so with the permission of a parent or carer, as has been made clear by the school and the city council.

Merseyside Police have said that they are investigating the incident.

Writing on social media, many people have expressed outrage at the group who ambushed the school.

One woman commenting on Facebook wrote: "If people feel safer for being tested so be it, it's their choice, leave them be, we live in a free country so if you don't want to be tested don't be, but for those who do leave them alone."

A second wrote: "Boils my blood.

"It’s a harmless swab test and we won’t be out of lockdown by Christmas not even close to it.

"If people want to try and get back to some sort of normality this might be the only way to do so.

"People need to get a grip."

Someone else added: "What absolute horrors. As if kids aren’t already confused and frustrated with Covid.

"These clowns come flying down the road and muddy the waters."

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