Photographs shared hundreds of times online purport to show the coffins of Italian victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The claim is false; the pictures date back to October 2013 when hundreds drowned in a boat tragedy in the Mediterranean.
Published on Thursday5 March 2020 at 11:40Updated on Thursday5 March 2020 at 12:15
A series of screenshots from The Simpsons have been circulating online alongside claims that the TV show predicted the novel coronavirus outbreak. The claim is false; the montage features shots from two different episodes, one of which has been digitally altered to include the words “corona virus”.
A speech calling on Britain to “break the very backbone” of Africa has circulated online for years. The words are attributed to politician Lord Macaulay in an address to Britain's parliament in 1835. However, there are no records of the speech and Macaulay was in India the day it was allegedly given.
Photographs shared thousands of times on Facebook purport to show a boy who died in hospital last month after being beaten by his stepmother. The claim is false; the child sustained scratches when he was attacked by another toddler at daycare.
Articles shared hundreds of times on Facebook claim that Zimbabwe has confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus. The reports are misleading; no confirmed cases have been recorded as of February 20, 2020. A suspected patient was admitted to hospital but tested negative for the virus.