This is a record of corrections we've made in the past 12 months.
24 Feb 2021
Covid vaccine hasn't caused increase in care home deaths
This article was updated to reflect the fact that care home vaccinations in England started to be rolled out closer to Christmas.
19 Feb 2021
Did EU exports really drop 68% in January?
This article has been corrected to include details on the increase in the number of empty outbound HGVs at the beginning of the year, to provide more context around the Cabinet Office’s 73% figure.
15 Feb 2021
EU facts behind the claims: borders
This article was updated to note that there are no border checks at the Irish border.
11 Feb 2021
Evidence doesn’t show 20,000 people ‘sick with Covid’ fail to self-isolate every day
We corrected this article to clarify that Baroness Harding appeared in front of the Science and Technology Committee.
22 Jan 2021
Claims about the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine ingredients lack evidence
We previously wrote that we had not found evidence of 70% of people having antibodies against PEG. A reader pointed us towards such a study, and we have now included reference to that paper.
21 Dec 2020
Can we believe the lockdown sceptics?
This article has been corrected to say Peter Hitchens is a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, not the Daily Mail.
18 Dec 2020
Survey doesn’t show voters ditching Conservatives over bike lanes
This piece was corrected to include results of the survey which was published on the Fair Fuel UK blog.
13 Dec 2020
Cambridge Covid-19 test results don’t mean PCR tests are inaccurate
The ratio of true to false positives used in the example about the speed camera has been corrected.
8 Dec 2020
Covid-19 may not be a “high consequence infectious disease”, but it is a real emergency
This article was corrected with the figure for deaths across the UK in 2018, not the figure for deaths in England and Wales.
8 Dec 2020
The new vaccination card is not a ‘Covid passport’
This article was corrected to include the fact that there is a designated space for a name at the top of the card
19 Nov 2020
The Covid-19 recovery rate is not 99.9%
Correction: This article initially used figures for the number of people who died where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate in any capacity, when we meant to use the figure for the number of people who died where Covid-19 was noted as the underlying cause of death.
19 Nov 2020
The number of people dying right now is not the same as in any other year
This piece was updated to clarify the finding that 86% of people who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus did not have symptoms of Covid-19. This only covered possible symptoms on the day of their test, though some may have had symptoms at some other time.
16 Nov 2020
Testing: Where are we?
This piece initially referred to RNA PCR tests as antigen tests which is commonplace but not strictly accurate.
13 Nov 2020
PTFE in masks does not pose a health risk, unless you get it very hot
A previous version of this article used PTFE and Teflon interchangeably which is not accurate as not all Teflon-branded products contain PTFE and not all PTFE is Teflon. The article has been updated to reflect this.
5 Nov 2020
No, we are not on track for a normal number of deaths this year
Originally this article said that if you were to model the UK's death toll assuming the rest of the year is the same as an average year, the total would be higher than any year since 1979. It should have actually read since 1985.
3 Nov 2020
Challenging someone for not wearing a face mask isn’t against the Equality Act
This story has been updated to clarify that members of the public should not challenge people for not wearing face coverings.
29 Oct 2020
No, we are not on track for a normal number of deaths this year
We corrected a production error that swapped the position of the third claim and our verdict. (The text remains unchanged.)
28 Oct 2020
The asteroid which might enter Earth’s atmosphere on 2 November will not “hit” Earth
This article has been corrected to clarify how the 0.26% fatality rate was calculated.
21 Oct 2020
London Mayor candidate wrong to claim Covid-19 pandemic is no worse than a flu season
This article was updated to clarify that Mr Kurten is standing for mayor as an independent candidate.
14 Oct 2020
These figures for non-Covid deaths aren’t accurate
Correction: An earlier version of this article said that 12,653 people died of a stroke in England in 2019. This only included people who died of a stroke where it was not specified whether the stroke was caused by a haemorrhage or an infarction (tissue death resulting from a failure of blood supply).
23 Sep 2020
Punishment for breaking social distancing and possessing indecent images of children can vary
We've changed this article to correct the text in the claim field, which was the wrong way around.
24 Aug 2020
Lowering the state pension age for women won't create four million jobs for young people
We corrected an error in the final line of this article which referred to the state pension being lower rather than the state pension age.
19 Aug 2020
Why this poll gives a misleading view on how many people the public think Covid-19 has killed
The original version of this article said that the poll question included a preset list of answers starting at 0% and 1% for respondents to choose from. It suggested that this may have led some people to overestimate the true percentage of around 0.1% by not allowing for answers in between 0% and 1%. This was incorrect. The poll allowed people to enter whatever figure they wanted, including decimal points. We apologise for the error.
14 Aug 2020
Have 200,000 nurses quit the NHS?
The date of the claim has been corrected to 2019, instead of 2018.
28 Jul 2020
Changes to government Covid-19 death data won’t make a big difference to the overall death count
This story was updated to clarify that the PHE death data is still published online.
24 Jul 2020
What are the new lockdown rules on social distancing?
This piece has been updated to clarify the distinction between the law and the guidance on gatherings.
21 Jul 2020
This is what we know about the government loan to pay slave owners compensation after slavery was abolished in 1833
We originally said the details of how the government raised the loan were unclear, but we have now included information on the banking syndicate that raised a large proportion of the loan money.
9 Jul 2020
Leicester going back into lockdown has nothing to do with 5G
We've corrected a typo which said that 5G has nothing to do with the symptoms of 5G. It has nothing to do with the symptoms of Covid-19.
3 Jul 2020
What do we know about Covid-19 inequalities among people from minority ethnic groups?
We corrected an error in this article which stated that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had about 200% greater risk of death, among confirmed Covid-19 cases, compared to White British people after adjustment for sex, age, deprivation and region. We also corrected an error which wrongly stated the date on which the graphs were produced.
22 Jun 2020
A Norwegian-British research paper doesn’t claim the virus causing Covid-19 was man-made
We corrected typos in the spelling of the word Norwegian.
1 Jun 2020
Patent application 060606 does not mention inserting microchips into the body
Correction: In a previous version of this post we referred to patent application W0/2020/060606 as a patent. It has not yet been granted, so we have updated our article to reflect that.
21 May 2020
It’s not right that you’re more likely to drown than die of Covid-19 if you’re under 60 with no health problems
We corrected an error in this piece which referenced flooding rather than drowning
25 Apr 2020
Total deaths in the UK in 2020 have now risen above the deaths during the same period in 2018
This article has been changed to correct the numbers inside the brackets in the penultimate paragraph.
24 Apr 2020
No, the UK didn’t turn down 50,000 ventilators offered by the EU
We corrected the conclusion of this piece to say the UK did not join the scheme, rather than that it declined to join, in keeping with the rest of the article.
22 Apr 2020
Claim that Conservatives voted against a nurse pay rise needs some context
We have added more context about what the pay rises for health workers equated to once inflation was factored in.
15 Apr 2020
This viral coronavirus breathing advice needs context
This article originally suggested that Dr Munshi and the director of nursing were employed directly by Queen's Hospital in Romford, when they are actually employed by PELC, a healthcare provider which delivers some services to Queen's Hospital.