It has been reported that a County Durham councillor has said that Covid-19 is fake.

In an interview she said: "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.

The Northern Echo: The demonstration in Durham Marketplace. Picture: North NewsThe demonstration in Durham Marketplace. Picture: North News

"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."