15th Jun 2020

This video of protesters in London chanting “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” is fake

The audio has been taken from a video of racist Chelsea fans in Paris in 2015.

15th Jun 2020

There were no stabbings reported at protests in London over the weekend

The Met police have confirmed no stabbings happened at the protests.

12th Jun 2020

A viral Facebook post about 52 free horses is a repost from 2011

These 52 horses that need homes aren’t real.

10th Jun 2020

Half of these images of injured police officers are not from recent Black Lives Matter protests

Two of the pictures were taken in 2016 and one is from 2018.

9th Jun 2020

The government updated total Covid-19 death data with April and May deaths confirmed by non-NHS labs

The cumulative deaths total increased by 445 more than the daily increase in coronavirus deaths.

9th Jun 2020

Be wary of social media posts comparing fatality rates in confirmed Covid-19 cases

These figures don’t count the large numbers of people who’ve had the disease but haven’t been tested.

9th Jun 2020

Claim by Independent SAGE about Covid-19 infections in children is based on unclear evidence

Research literature doesn’t suggest that children are as likely as adults to become infected and carry the virus.

5th Jun 2020

The limits of what we can say about early lockdowns

Analysis comparing countries’ excess deaths tallies based on when they locked down needs to be put into context.

5th Jun 2020

What counts as essential travel during the Covid-19 lockdown?

We were asked by readers to explain what travel is permitted under the new coronavirus guidance.

4th Jun 2020

New antibody tests are not 100% accurate on all measures

It was reported that new antibody tests were 100% accurate, but evaluation of the tests by Public Health England shows this is not the case.

4th Jun 2020

What is ‘shielding’ and who needs to do it?

There is some confusion around who needs to ‘shield’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.

4th Jun 2020

Claim that extending the Brexit transition period could cost £380 billion is not credible

Most studies show the UK economy gains more from retaining free trade with the EU than it could achieve by leaving the EU.