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A fitness instructor carried out a 'highly disrespectful and misleading' stunt to claim the government was 'lying' about the coronavirus pandemic.
Hannah Dean has been fined after she claimed she posed as a journalist to gain entry into hospitals where she took photos of staff and patients before claiming wards were 'empty' on Facebook.
But the 30-year-old hoaxer had pictured areas which were not on the frontline in the fight against the killer virus.
She claimed the snaps had been taken at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Southampton General hospital, the Princess Royal University hospital near Bromley, Kent and St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex.
Claiming to be a 'registered journalist', she wrote: "QA Queen Alexandra… hospital is the quietest I have ever seen it. I know this is hard to get our heads around, but the government are lying to us."
Hannah Dean posed as a journalist go gain entry into the hospitals
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The NHS has slammed the mum-of-two's Facebook account for the post, in which she urged others to visit hospitals and film their own videos.
Police confirmed the photos were not of parts of the hospital involved in treating patients with Covid.
Portsmouth Police said the post had caused 'angst in the community', and Hampshire Police said Dean had been given a £200 fine for not having a valid reason for leaving her home.
The post read: "Some of you will have seen the reports of persons attending local hospitals, taking photos of parts of the hospital that are not on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, and using the images to suggest are hospitals are not being stretched.
The 30-year-old took photos in wards that were not treating coronavirus patients
Dean urged others to take photos of empty wards
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"These actions have caused angst in the community, and have prompted a number of calls to us reporting the posts.
"We have identified the source of the posts and have today issued a fixed penalty notice to the person responsible under the Health Protection Regulations 2020.
"Our colleagues across the NHS are working flat out to fight this virus, and we are all grateful for their continued efforts.
"There has been lots of publicity this weekend about us all doing our bit to stick to the rules and guidelines to support our NHS – we urge each and everyone of you to do the same."
Dean bragged that she 'hadn't heard from police in a week' before she was fined and boasted officers had 'no grounds to detain me'.
Photos were reportedly taken in four hospitals
Dean posted the images on Facebook
Last week, NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens said claims that hospitals were empty were 'simply untrue' and told a Downing Street briefing: "When people say that coronavirus is a hoax, it is a lie.
"If you sneak into a hospital at 9pm and film an empty corridor and then stick it on social media claiming it 'proves hospitals are empty', you are responsible for changing behaviour that will kill people.
"It is also an insult for the nurse coming home from 12 hours working in critical care having worked her guts out under the most demanding and trying of circumstances.
"There is nothing more demoralising than having that kind of nonsense spouted when it is most obviously untrue."
The stunt has been called 'highly disrespectful and misleading'
The fitness instructor has been fined £200
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: "The kind of people who say Covid is a hoax, they need to grow up.
"You've heard from the head of NHS England the pressure the NHS is under. We've got to do our bit to protect it."
In another post earlier this month she wrote: "I can't wait until our government hears my desperate crys and puts full restrictions on my movement, restricting me from certain areas of my cage…. it can't come soon enough [sic].
"Free-range humans are seriously selfish! Thank god for this new rushed through vaccine that nobody will be held accountable for in the event of it causing injury or even death! Because the way I see it is, A few deaths caused by vaccines, is a small price to pay to save a few lives. [sic]"