Following on from our investigation into the misinformation being spread by Deepti Gurdasani, we now publish the Right of Reply offer she declined.
Henry Bodkin, a correspondent for the Telegraph claimed that “12 to 15-year-olds one of the age groups most responsible for spreading the virus.” After refusing to provide evidence for his claim we appealed to the Telegraph complaints department and forced them into retracting the statement.
Deepti Gurdasani is a lecturer in Machine Learning at Queen Mary University in London. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she became a loud voice advocating on behalf of the extremist ideology for Zero Covid with a special focus on how kids are, in her view, ‘huge spreaders’ of the virus and therefore needed every aspect of their lives curtailed. In this report, we investigate some of Gurdasani’s claims and find purposeful disinformation emanating from her around schools and their alleged impact on community transmission rates.