The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/04/2020

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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 via Social Media: Says the U.S. is developing an “antivirus” that includes a chip to track your movement.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

No, the US isn’t developing a vaccine or ‘antivirus’ with a chip to track people

Claim: The Obama administration used and did not replenish the nation’s emergency stockpile of medical supplies, including N95 masks

USA Today Fact Check rating: True

Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?

Claim by Jesse Watters: “We were slow with the testing, but very quick with the travel ban. And that’s been much more critical in saving lives.”

Politifact rating: False

Are COVID-19 travel restrictions ‘more critical in saving lives’ than testing? Not really

Claim via YouTube Video: Is 5G technology forcibly being installed in U.S. schools while people are following stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders put in place by federal, state and local governments to slow the spread of COVID-19?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: There Is NO Evidence That 5G Is Being Forcibly Installed In Schools

Claim by Dan Patrick: Says for the coronavirus, “the death rate in Texas, per capita of 29 million people, we’re one of the lowest in the country.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

For now, Texas among states with lowest coronavirus death rate

(International) Claim: A video shows overcrowding in St Mary’s Hospital, London and Covid-19 patients lying on the floor in corridors.

Full Fact (UK) rating: False

This video supposedly showing Covid-19 patients at St Mary’s Hospital, London was actually filmed in Madrid

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by the IFCN. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check.

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