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9 July 2021

Covid-19 mutated long before mass vaccine roll-outs

All four variants of concern were identified before mass vaccine roll-outs.

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Covid-19 mutated long before mass vaccine roll-outs
9 July 2021

WHO advice about asymptomatic transmission has changed since the start of the pandemic

A video claiming to show Matt Hancock saying WHO had told him there was little asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 takes his words out of context.

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WHO advice about asymptomatic transmission has changed since the start of the pandemic
9 July 2021

Royal attendance at Euros does not prove there’s no pandemic

A Facebook post wrongly suggests the presence of the Royal Family at the England vs Germany Euros 2020 match proves there’s no pandemic.

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Royal attendance at Euros does not prove there’s no pandemic
8 July 2021

Covid-19 and flu comparisons reappraised

The health secretary has been criticised for saying we have to live with Covid as we do with flu. But how do the two compare, now most adults are vaccinated?

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Covid-19 and flu comparisons reappraised
8 July 2021

No, ‘woke’ culture war isn’t the biggest dividing line in Britain

It came seventh when people were asked about it in a recent survey.

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No, ‘woke’ culture war isn’t the biggest dividing line in Britain
7 July 2021

Video of man reporting Covid-19 crimes to police is full of misinformation

A viral video contains a list of debunked theories about the vaccine and disease.

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Video of man reporting Covid-19 crimes to police is full of misinformation
6 July 2021

Video in a car shares misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines

This video makes a number of false claims about the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Video in a car shares misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines
6 July 2021

Why school testing data doesn’t tell the whole story

Data is based on tests reported and so excludes the many tests taken but not reported.

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Why school testing data doesn’t tell the whole story
2 July 2021

Pouring diluted cordial onto a Covid-19 test won’t give an accurate result

A post on Facebook claims the tests are a ‘big farce’ because cordial appears to test positive.

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Pouring diluted cordial onto a Covid-19 test won’t give an accurate result
2 July 2021

Was Michael Gove right about court ruling over bias in contracts?

The Cabinet Minister claimed on Sky News that there was no actual bias and no breach of the ministerial code in the decision to award a contract to Public First.

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Was Michael Gove right about court ruling over bias in contracts?
2 July 2021

Vaccinated people sometimes die of Covid-19—but very rarely

Many of the most at-risk people have been vaccinated, which is why figures from Public Health England show that some have still died.

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Vaccinated people sometimes die of Covid-19—but very rarely
1 July 2021

Only a third of people first heard of the term ‘cancel culture’ in the past year

An article in The Sun far overstates the number of people who have heard of cancel culture.

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Only a third of people first heard of the term ‘cancel culture’ in the past year

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