The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/23/2020

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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 by Wisconsin Republican Legislative Leaders: Wisconsin is “clearly seeing a decline in COVID infections”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

No, Wisconsin is not “clearly seeing a decline in COVID infections”

Claim via Social Media: Social media users have been sharing posts online that claim individuals who reported lower levels of income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2019 will receive stimulus payments before those who reported earning more.

Reuters Fact Check rating: True

True claim: People who reported lower incomes will receive U.S. stimulus payments first​

Claim by Global Research: Are hospitals inflating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths so they can be paid more?

Factcheck.org rating: False

Hospital Payments and the COVID-19 Death Count

Claim via Social Media: Says Democrats are on vacation until May 4 and “refuse to come back” to sign a bill to help small businesses.

Politifact rating: False

Democrats aren’t ‘refusing’ to return from vacation. All of Congress is in recess

Claim via Viral Video: Is Hillary Clinton heading to jail after taking a payoff from the Russian government in connection with the Uranium One controversy?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Hillary Clinton NOT Headed To Jail, DOJ Did NOT Confirm Russia Paid Her $3M

(International: Nigeria) Claim by Former Nigeria vice president Atiku Abubakar: The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa is projecting that Africa’s growth will drop to 1.8%, and perhaps lower.Africa Check rating: Correct

Covid-19 pandemic: Fact-checking former Nigeria VP Abubakar’s claims about the economy

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