Lord Sugar, 73, has been criticised for sharing “fake news” about the coronavirus in view of his 5.3 million Twitter followers. The Apprentice star posted a conspiracy theory about the origins of COVID-19 from a Japanese professor named Dr Tasuku Honjo.
The professor argued that the virus was created by humans in a laboratory.
Alan shared Dr Honjo’s views yesterday without his own caption on the micro-blogging site.
The post read: “Based on all my knowledge and research to date, I can say with 100 per cent confidence that corona is not natural.
“It did not come from bats. China made it.
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The article quoted the professor, who said in a statement released by Kyoto University: “In the wake of the pain, economic loss, and unprecedented global suffering caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am greatly saddened that my name and that of Kyoto University have been used to spread false accusations and misinformation.
“At this stage, when all of our energies are needed to treat the ill, prevent the further spread of sorrow, and plan for a new beginning, the broadcasting of unsubstantiated claims regarding the origins of the disease is dangerously distracting.”
Lord Sugar captioned the tweet: “Looks like, to quote Donald [Trump], that was fake news…”
Elsewhere, Alan has been clashing with Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan over his comments on government ministers over their handling of the COVID-19 crisis.