A County Durham town councillor has made shocking claims on camera claiming that Covid-19 is a 'fake virus'.
Independent member of Great Aycliffe Town Council Irene Hewitson says she does not believe the virus exists, despite more than one million people dying of Covid-19 worldwide.
The UK is currently experiencing a second wave with cases rocketing, while almost 45,000 lives have been lost to the disease.
Coun Hewitson also said it will be "like living in North Korea" if the country continues being subject to the Government's current restrictions.
The Byerley Park, Horndale & Cobblers Hall councillor's outburst came during an anti-lockdown protest held at Market Place in Durham city centre on Monday afternoon.
She told ChronicleLive: "We're being locked down over a fake virus. I don't believe the virus exists. When my neighbours, relatives, friends and work people are dying around me then I'll believe it's true.
"I've got a friend who works in the Nightingale Hospital and they've never had one patient. They've been cleaning a hospital for six months. It's absolutely disgusting.
"My granddaughter goes dancing, she goes skating - all the things she enjoys is going ahead - and yet Boris can still go hunting and shooting, it's absolutely disgusting."
Durham city has been identified as a coronavirus hotspot in the UK after recording 616 new cases in the week ending October 16.
Meanwhile 1,725 students and 20 members of staff at Durham University have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of term.
But the 63-year-old believes the coronavirus pandemic would be over if people just returned to their normal lives.
Coun Hewitson, who lives in Newton Aycliffe, added: "I think if people turned their TVs off and just took their masks off, got back to normal then the virus would be gone.
"I'm 63-year-old and I've never worn a mask, I've never used hand sanitiser and I've never had a day's illness. And I won't because I'm building up an immunity if there is a little tiny virus out there like the flu.
"People need to wake up fast because before long we're going to have no jobs, no social life, no life at all. It's going to be like living in North Korea."