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‘Free America Now’: Elon Musk On Coronavirus Lockdown

Elon Musk’s tweet comes at a time when the highly infectious coronavirus has infected over 1 million and killed nearly 70,000 people in the US.

San Francisco| Founder and chief executive of electric car company Tesla Elon Musk seems to be against the lockdown imposed in the US to contain the spread of COVID-19.

He tweeted expressing his dissent on Wednesday saying, “ Free America now”

Citing a report that said that the lockdown hasn’t helped America save lives, Musk said that people should be given back their freedom. He tweeted several news items and infographics to show that the lockdown wasn’t required.

On Wednesday, Musk called the COVID-19 control a “fascist” action and “an outrage” that violates personal freedom and will hurt the economy.

“Silicon Valley has become Sanctimonious Valley,” he said in another tweet.

Billionaire’s meltdown on social media comes at a time when he was close to securing a $750m payout from a bonus scheme linked to Tesla’s share price, as per reports.

The entrepreneur, speaking on a profits update for the electric carmaker, lashed out at the orders which forced the closing of production in California and said he is “a bit worried” about when production would start.

Shares of Tesla were up over 8% at $870 in extended trade.

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Tesla’s report of a profitable quarter comes just a day after Detroit-based rival Ford Motor Co reported a $2 billion first-quarter loss and forecast losing another $5 billion in the current quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand.

Billionaire’s Tesla has laid off hundreds of janitors, shuttle-bus drivers and other low-wage workers after the COIVD-19 lockdown in March.

Silicon Valley giants Apple, Google and Facebook, have chosen to pay their workers, but Tesla has plunged its workers into crisis after sending them home without pay.

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