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22 June 2021

You do not need a doctor’s letter to prove exemption from face coverings

Wearing face coverings in certain settings is now a legal requirement but you do not need a doctor’s letter to prove that you are exempt.

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You do not need a doctor’s letter to prove exemption from face coverings
22 June 2021

The NHS isn’t asking for payment for Covid-19 vaccination passes

Scam emails purporting to be from the NHS are demanding money for a ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ to prove vaccination status.

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The NHS isn’t asking for payment for Covid-19 vaccination passes
22 June 2021

All health secretaries become a shareholder of Genomics England

This is a part of the job, rather than a personal role for Matt Hancock.

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All health secretaries become a shareholder of Genomics England
22 June 2021

Japan hasn’t banned Olympic athletes from taking the knee

Rules prohibiting demonstrations or protests at Olympic venues have been in place for decades.

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Japan hasn’t banned Olympic athletes from taking the knee
22 June 2021

Ronaldo didn’t visit a mosque in Birmingham

Footage of a lookalike of the Portuguese footballer has been widely shared online.

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Ronaldo didn’t visit a mosque in Birmingham
22 June 2021

‘My First Vape’ toy is not real

The mocked up packaging was produced by a Twitter account previously behind a children’s ‘Happy Hour Playset’.

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‘My First Vape’ toy is not real
22 June 2021

You can’t tell how a banana was ripened by looking at it

Claims that naturally ripened bananas look different from chemically ripened bananas are false.

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You can’t tell how a banana was ripened by looking at it
21 June 2021

Hydroxychloroquine study not all that it seems

Patients may have been given more of the drug because they lived longer—not the other way around.

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Hydroxychloroquine study not all that it seems
19 June 2021

Fake memo circulating claiming to be from Imperial College

The memo allegedly sets out plans for a permanent lockdown of the UK but has no credible source and makes false claims.

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Fake memo circulating claiming to be from Imperial College
18 June 2021

Covid-19 victims cannot be cremated against their wishes

A post on Facebook also wrongly claims that asymptomatic transmission is a hoax, PCR tests are useless and Covid-19 death statistics have been manipulated.

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Covid-19 victims cannot be cremated against their wishes
18 June 2021

April’s trade figures fact checked

Covid-19 and Brexit mean trade volumes are incredibly volatile at the moment. We take a look at some of the claims about the latest data.

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April’s trade figures fact checked
18 June 2021

British Airways is not in ‘crisis talks’ with the government about vaccinated pilots

There is no evidence three pilots died of the Covid-19 vaccine. Four pilots have recently died, but BA says these are not linked.

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British Airways is not in ‘crisis talks’ with the government about vaccinated pilots

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