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What was claimed

UCU tweeted a quote

That comes from a research paper not yet peer-reviewed

The return to universities could cause 50,000 deaths from Covid-19 without “strong controls”

Our verdict

The article’s author told us the predicted death toll “will not actually happen in its entirety” because it would trigger a local or national lockdown once it became clear what was happening.

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What was claimed

Jonathan Ashworth MP was challenged in parliament

This isn’t the first time Mr Hancock has mis-stated the test and trace statistics

Nationally, only 69.4% of contacts are now reached and asked to self-isolate

Our verdict

The Shadow health secretary was correct. Only 69.4% of identified contacts are now reached and asked to self-isolate That’s down from 77.1% in the previous week.

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What was claimed

Published on social media

Widely shared on Facebook

Data from the World Integrated Trade Solutions website shows that Covid-19 testing kits were being bought and sold by countries long before the pandemic

Our verdict

Not true. It looks like that, as items that are now classified for Covid-19 were used for other things prior to the outbreak.

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