JIM CORR from The Corrs has few regrets about attending Dublin’s anti-mask rally over the weekend, despite it sparking an online row with pop duo Jedward.
Speaking exclusively to the Irish Sun, Corr explained how the Irish government is attempting to control the public with “extreme measures” and vowed to continue fighting “all forms of tyranny”.
“I’m no stranger to controversy. I speak my mind when I see fit, I call BS when I feel it’s important to do so,” he told the tabloid.
“I have always had the best of intentions at heart and wish for all people to be happy, healthy and free of any and all forms of tyranny.”
Jedward – real names John and Edward Grimes – clashed with Corr over his decision to attend the anti-lockdown rally in the Irish capital.
The back-and-forth over Twitter became heated with the X Factor duo telling The Corrs guitarist “your sisters never needed you please leave the band”.
Why don’t you just go and “Runaway” and FYI your sisters never needed you please leave the band 👍🏻
— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) August 22, 2020
Corr hit back in kind, dubbing the duo “Ireland’s Millie Vanillie” as tempers threatened to boil over.
A day on, however, and The Corrs star appeared in conciliatory mood, telling the Irish Sun: “It’s just a friendly spat, I bear them no ill will.”
Despite appearing placid on the subject of Jedward, Corr held nothing back when quizzed about his main objections to the Irish government’s handling of the pandemic.
“Even though the Government has admitted the numbers [of deaths] are a lot lower than we were told initially, I believe most of those lives lost could have been saved had doctors and nurses been allowed to administer hydroxychloroquine and zinc which thousands of doctors across the world are having success with,” he said.
There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19.
“We are clearly not in the middle of an actual pandemic if people are to be honest,” Corr said.
“CDC figures put mortality at .04 per cent so the survival rate for Covid-19 is 99.96 per cent in the US. Swiss policy research puts it at .2 per cent.
“So we’re below or at seasonal flu mortality depending on the country. But in my view we’ve been subjected to an insane overreaction from government which appears more control motivated than health oriented, which has destroyed lives and livelihoods making the ‘cure’ multiple factors worse than the disease itself.”
The World Health Organization has already outlined the key differences between Covid-19 and seasonal flu.
While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease as a result
Globally, it’s estimated about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.
An outspoken presence on Twitter, Corr is vehemently opposed to vaccinations and the use of masks during the pandemic.
Back in 2011, Corr famously gave an interview in which he outlined several noted conspiracy theories he believes.
Speaking to Brendan O'Connor on RTE's The Saturday Night Show he outlined his belief that climate change is a hoax, that there is a secret society trying to establish a one world government and that the US military has a secret tectonic weapon which could have been used to cause the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
He also believes the truth about the September 11 terrorist attacks is being suppressed.