The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/27/2020

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 Donald Trump: “We’ve done more tests in eight days than South Korea has done in eight weeks.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Donald Trump’s comparison of US, South Korea coronavirus testing is wrong. Here’s why

Claim via Social Media: Does COVID stand for “Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease?”

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: COVID Does NOT Stand For ‘Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease’

Claim by Facebook posts: “Bill Gates told us about the coronavirus in 2015.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Bill Gates warned in 2015 that we were unprepared for an infectious virus

Claim by TRUMP: “People get tremendous anxiety and depression, and you have suicides over things like this when you have terrible economies. You have death. Probably and — I mean, definitely — would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we’re talking about with regard to the virus.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims rising suicides if US stays shut

Claim via Social Media: A viral Facebook post claims that the 2009 H1N1 pandemic killed 18,000 people in the U.S. and that the media did not report on it.

Check Your Fact rating: False


International Fact Checks

Claim by Multiple Sources: Food and vegetables markets closed in Chennai amid COVID-19 lockdown


Claim by Multiple sources: Philippines to distribute $400 to social security members for COVID-19 outbreak


Claim by Twitter user: Saddam Hussein predicted coronavirus


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