The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/21/2020

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 Andrew Cuomo: “Go look at other countries that went through exactly this, started to reopen, and then they saw the infection rate go back up again.”

Politifact rating: True

Cuomo accurately says that other countries that reopened saw an increase in coronavirus infections

Claim via Social Media: “This was a planned virus, don’t play yourself” and “You don’t believe this was planned? Why did the CDC need people for quarantine programs all over the United States right before this came out”.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: A November 2019 job posting indicates the CDC knew of or planned the COVID-19 outbreak

Claim by Trump, on governors urging wider availability of virus tests: “They don’t want to use all of the capacity that we’ve created. We have tremendous capacity. …They know that. The governors know that. The Democrat governors know that; they’re the ones that are complaining.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely blames governors for virus test

Claim via Social Media: Did Donald Trump claim in a 2009 tweet that he would “never let thousands of Americans die from a pandemic while in office” amidst the so-called swine flu, or H1N1, pandemic during the Barack Obama presidency?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Trump NEVER Tweeted in 2009 About Americans Dying in Pandemic

Claim via Social Media: A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows people in China tearing down a 5G pole because it is “triggering the Corona symptoms.”

Check your Fact rating: False


(International: Australia) Claim: This video shows Chinese nationals banned from Australian supermarkets

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Myth spreads online that Australian supermarkets have banned Chinese nationals during COVID-19 pandemic

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