In the past few days, you may have seen worrying scenes from the United States where mass protesters have begun to congregate in public areas, angry at the fact that they cannot either work or go about their lives as normal due to the lockdown measures put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Protests, which have been urged on by Donald Trump, have sprung up across the country in states from California, Texas, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Although they are noticeably annoyed at having to stay in their homes, the reason why some are protesting is, shall we say, illogical.

Interviews held with protestors in Pennsylvania by ITV News show that some are angry after losing their well-paid jobs, while another said that the government should look at their numbers and report how many people have coronavirus in the US, rather than how many have died.

However, two protesters' reasons definitely raised eyebrows. One woman, called Diane Ventura, lashed out at 'American patriots' for following government advice and that she doesn't believe in the scientific proof because she believes in God.

Another protester named Austin Ritz, called scientists 'fear mongers' for telling people to follow safety advice and that they couldn't be called 'experts' because 'their numbers have been lies.'

It's pretty astonishing that these are not parodies at all and two real quotes said during the coronavirus. Needless to say, people didn't know what to think.

At the time of writing, the United States has confirmed at least 744,000 cases of Covid-19 across the country, which has resulted in more than 34,000 deaths.

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