AN AUSTRALIAN health chief sparked a conspiracy theory frenzy today as she spoke of “new world order” in a Covid press conference.
Dr Kerry Chant, New South Wales’ chief health officer, used the phrase when discussing the country’s draconian lockdown measures.
Theories surrounding the New World Order (NWO) claim there is a secretive power that aims to rule the world under one authoritarian government.
It comes as Australia’s government has been widely criticised for enforcing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, using the military and helicopters to help enforce its “Zero Covid” strategy.
Asked whether contact-tracing would return when Australia opens up again, Dr Chant said: “We will be looking at what contract-tracing looks like in the new world order.
“Yes it will be pubs and clubs, and other things, if we have a positive case there [but] our response may be different if we know people are fully vaccinated.”
While some people put Dr Chant’s words down to clumsy word choice, they appeared to act as a dangerous sign for others.
One man wrote on Twitter: “An Australian politician might have accidentally revealed the ‘New World Order’ and we could all be doomed.”
Another added: “F**k, the New World Order conspiracy is real. Australian health [official] just chanted this sh*t. Omg.”
Even actor and lockdown critic Laurence Fox weighed in, tweeting a clip of the press conference and writing: “New World Order.”
Meanwhile, Australian PM Scott Morrison was bombarded with comments during a Facebook Live video today.
One person wrote: “Dr Kerry Chant lets the secret slip and confirms the New World Order is Australia’s true agenda behind their Covid-19 restrictions.”
Another added: “What’s with Dr Chant saying ‘new world order’!!!!!!!!”
The phrase soon began trending on Twitter, with the social media platform warning that “unfounded claims about the ‘New World Order’ conspiracy theory are [being] shared after an Australian governmental official used the expression during a press conference on Thursday”.
It added: “Fact-checkers have regularly debunked claims connected to the conspiracy theory. The phrase is commonly used to describe times of change or cultural shift.”
New South Wales announced an initial lockdown on June 25 after just 22 new cases of the Delta variant were found.
And at the beginning of August, Melbourne imposed a seven-day lockdown after eight cases were detected.
The policy has sparked furious demonstrations which have spilled over into violence, while hundreds of people have been hit with fines.
Mask enforcement has been strict and harrowing images showed a little girl sat in her handcuffed dad’s lap after he was stopped by police for failing to wear one.
And the latest over-the-top measure imposed by authorities in New South Wales is to confiscate alcohol to tower block residents – sparking condemnation from Aussies sick of losing their civil liberties.
The state’s health authorities have imposed rules limiting people living there to a certain amount of alcohol each day.