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What was claimed

Reported in The Sun

These statistics only count crime recorded by police

In London crime has risen five times faster than the rest of the country since Sadiq Khan became Mayor in 2016

Our verdict

Incorrect. Recorded crime per person in London has increased by 18% over this period, less than the 31% increase across England overall.

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Government advice is not to challenge someone who is not wearing a face covering and that if you do, you could be fined under the Equality Act 2010

Our verdict

Asking someone to wear a face covering is unlikely to be discrimination. Government guidance asks that people should be “mindful and respectful” of those who are exempt.

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Normal seasonal colds and flu infections are being mistaken for a Covid-19 “second wave”

Our verdict

The symptoms are similar in some cases, but Covid-19 can be clearly identified with a positive test. Recent monitoring also shows low levels of influenza-like illnesses in the UK at the moment.

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What do our readers’ questions tell us about the public’s coronavirus concerns?

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