The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/22/2020

The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim by Facebook posts: “U.S. hospitals are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections and nearly half a million deaths, leaked documents reveal.”

PolitiFact rating: False

‘Leaked documents’ don’t prove US hospitals preparing for 96 million coronavirus cases

Claim via Social Media: An image shared on Facebook claims former Vice President Joe Biden leaked the identities of special operations SEAL Team 6 who killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Joe Biden: The World Health Organization “offered the [coronavirus] testing kits that they have available” but “we refused them.” rating: False

Biden, Trump Wrong About WHO Coronavirus Tests

Claim by TRUMP: “And we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately, and that’s where the FDA has been so great. They — they’ve gone through the approval process. It’s been approved.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims drug approval for virus

The claim: Wisconsin is the only state where all Republicans voted against the coronavirus bill.

USA Today Fact Check rating: True

Fact check: Is Wisconsin the only state whose Republicans all opposed coronavirus bill?

International Fact Checks

Claim by Social Media users, YouTube videos: Video captures panic buying due to Coronavirus fears in Germany, shows large crowds outside a supermarket.

Claim by Multiple sources: UNHCR says refugees in Malaysia are resisting COVID-19 tests

Claim by WhatsApp users: Audio clip with man claiming ‘complete lockdown’ of India from April to June

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