Coronavirus fuels surge in bunker sales as people buy ‘before its too late’
Coronavirus is fuelling a surge in sales of bunkers designed for the end of the world as people are buying “before its too late”.
California-based Vivos firm construct and convert underground shelters to withstand disasters and catastrophes .
Founder and CEO Robert Vicino told Daily Star Online that there has been a “surge” of sales in their bunkers amid the threat from coronavirus.
Coronavirus has infected almost 100,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,300.
And health officials have warned the worst is yet to come, with the outbreak still primed to become a pandemic.
Vicino told Daily Star Online: “The ‘surge’ has been exponential. People are waking up to the reality that they must prepare before it is too late.”
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Vivos have a network of private bunkers in South Dakota – Vivos xPoint – with you able to lease one for $35,000 and then $1,000 annual fee.
And there are 575 of them arranged along private roads, each with enough floor space to accommodate 10 to 24 people.
It has been set up at the site of former The Black Hills Army Base, with each bunker designed to survive a 500,000lb blast.
Each is lovely furnished for comfortable end of the world living – and perhaps a good place to ride out the coronavirus.
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Vicino told Daily Star Online: “Our members are neither ‘preppers’ nor the ‘elite 1%’, but rather well-educated, average people with a keen awareness of the current global events and a sense of responsibility knowing they must care for and protect their families during these potential epic and catastrophic times.
“Our clients are not ‘afraid’, but rather aware and well informed about what is now going on around the world and the myriad of threats we all face.
“Vivos is the Plan B backup plan for their life-assurance if and when all hell breaks loose.
“They view Vivos as a solution, if and when it is needed. Life insurance or automotive, you hope you will never need to use it, but if you do, it will be priceless.”
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He added: “As a result of the current coronavirus threat and the ripple of subsequent consequences, the demand for Vivos has exponentially grown, with people no longer inquiring on a curiosity point of view, but now ready to get off the proverbial fence and secure a space will they still can
“This is compounded by the onslaught of threats that are now very evident to the entire world.
“People are sensing that all hell is about to break loose, from North Korea to the Middle East, and the potential of World War 3 with Russia and China
“Many foresee the very real potential for another plague, an economic collapse, major Earth changes potentially caused by cosmic forces, including our own Sun, and asteroid strikes.”
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Vivos has repurposed the former army base into an 18 square mile complex to create the “largest private shelter community on Earth”.
It is claimed up to 10,000 people can survive on the site which in catastrophic events such as war, natural disasters and pandemics.
Food, water, fuel and supplies are on the site to allow people to survive for at least a year.
The firm also has plans to expand worldwide with Vivos Europa One – a giant shelter which can house up to 1,000 people.
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Vicino told Daily Star Online: “We are living in very dangerous times, making the need to have a life assurance shelter solution a must-have, for those who want to survive these extinction level events and to have the opportunity to emerge safely on the other side.”
Coronavirus is continuing to spread worldwide since it originated in China, where the vast majority of cases remain.
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South Korea, Italy and Iran are also hotspots for the infection – and it is further spreading in Western nations such as France, Germany, the US and Britain.
US President Donald Trump has urged people not to panic, but the World Health Organisation has said the world must prepare for a pandemic.
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