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3 September 2020

This is not an image of a naked child “escaping” from Buckingham Palace

This was a viral hoax for a TV show.

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This is not an image of a naked child “escaping” from Buckingham Palace
2 September 2020

There’s no evidence the number of people taking their own life fell during the Covid-19 pandemic

Health secretary Matt Hancock was wrong to say figures for England show a decrease in the number of people taking their own life.

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There’s no evidence the number of people taking their own life fell during the Covid-19 pandemic
28 August 2020

Figures for people seeking asylum in hotels and veterans sleeping rough are both wrong

It’s not true that 48,000 “illegals” are housed in hotels, and estimates of 6,000 veterans sleeping rough are likely to be too high.

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Figures for people seeking asylum in hotels and veterans sleeping rough are both wrong
28 August 2020

A graph spreading on Facebook gets it wrong on flu vs Covid deaths

Flu is not the underlying cause of deaths in more people than Covid-19.

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A graph spreading on Facebook gets it wrong on flu vs Covid deaths
27 August 2020

Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country

A study which found that students’ anxiety levels were lower during the pandemic than in October 2019 was conducted among year 9 students in the south west of England.

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Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country
27 August 2020

Children in Need is not donating £10 million to Black Lives Matter

The BBC charity is matching Stormzy’s £10m pledge to causes tackling racial inequality in the UK.

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Children in Need is not donating £10 million to Black Lives Matter
27 August 2020

What do we know about Covid-19 transmission in schools?

The evidence is limited as fewer children have attended school during the pandemic, but broadly suggests that while there is some risk, schools aren’t likely to play a large role …

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What do we know about Covid-19 transmission in schools?
26 August 2020

A retracted paper linking 5G and coronavirus with no evidence is doing the rounds on Facebook

The paper, which was retracted days after it was published, did not prove any link between 5G and coronaviruses.

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A retracted paper linking 5G and coronavirus with no evidence is doing the rounds on Facebook
25 August 2020

Ukrainian soldiers have not died after having an American Covid-19 vaccine

Six members of the Ukrainian military have died of Covid-19 so far, but that wasn’t anything to do with a vaccine.

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Ukrainian soldiers have not died after having an American Covid-19 vaccine
24 August 2020

Comparing tax dodging and benefits for people seeking asylum

MP Zarah Sultana claimed that the super-rich and large corporations dodge £90 billion in tax every year. This is based on an estimate for the tax gap which is much …

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Comparing tax dodging and benefits for people seeking asylum
24 August 2020

Matt Hancock misstates the proportion of Test and Trace contacts being reached

Matt Hancock misspoke saying that 79.7% of close contacts of infected people are being reached by test and trace.

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Matt Hancock misstates the proportion of Test and Trace contacts being reached
21 August 2020

Flu isn’t the underlying cause of death for more people than Covid-19

Figures from the Office for National Statistics are being widely misunderstood. Flu isn’t the underlying cause of more deaths than Covid-19 at the moment, but pneumonia probably is.

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Flu isn’t the underlying cause of death for more people than Covid-19

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