Around a hundred protesters rallied in Raleigh on Tuesday to condemn North Carolina's stay-at-home order that is in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

At least one arrest, was made at the 'Reopen NC' rally, causing demonstrators to boo and taunt police.

The demo in the state capital was the third organised by activists angry with the order put in place by the state's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper.

North Carolina's stay-at-home order was initially set to expire on April 30 but was subsequently extended. Some non-essential businesses are set to be allowed to reopen from Friday as part of a three phase plan set out by the governor.

Protester's shared many opinions and theories as to why coronavirus restrictions are in place, with numerous attendees sharing conspiracy theories.

"This is about gaining control over the human race and limiting population, limiting population with a virus that was created in a lab and funded by the United States of America, by several people in the United States of America along with other countries," said one protester, adding "It's about 5G, bringing 5G radiation into the world and limiting the population that way."

Meanwhile, medical professionals held a peaceful nearby counter-protest to support the governor's decision and promote the need for social distancing.

There have been 12,480 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina to date, leading to 468 coronavirus related deaths. Nationwide, the number of confirmed cases has soared past 1,200,000, with 72,044 people dying with the virus.

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