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Fact check: Trump makes more false claims about the coronavirus at Tuesday briefing

April 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday made inaccurate claims about the World Health Organization and delivered more of the false statements that have become a signature trait of his daily coronavirus briefings.

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday made inaccurate claims about the World Health Organization and delivered more of the false statements that have become a signature trait of his daily coronavirus briefings.

At a coronavirus briefing on February 26, for example, Trump said, "It's a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for.

Similarly, in a tweet on March 9, Trump said, "So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year.

Trump again exaggerated the travel restrictions he imposed on some European countries in March.

Facts First: Trump never closed the US to travelers from "all of Europe. " Rather, he imposed restrictions on travel from most European countries but exempted others.

During Tuesday's White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump claimed that the World Health Organization downplayed the coronavirus and criticized his January 31 order restricting most travel between the United States and China.

Facts First: Trump is correct that the World Health Organization organization didn't support his travel restrictions with China -- the WHO opposes most international travel restrictions and sees them as ineffectual -- but he overstated the case when he insinuated that the WHO downplayed the virus.

The WHO has been criticized for a January 14 tweet noting that preliminary investigation by Chinese authorities had found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, but the WHO did not say the virus was "no big deal" before Trump announced his travel restrictions.

The WHO declared the virus a "public health emergency of international concern" on January 30, the day before Trump announced the restrictions, out of concern that the virus could pose a threat to other countries beyond China.

Trump denies something he had just said

Trump announced at the briefing that he planned to "look into" the US contribution to the World Health Organization, which he claimed had mishandled the coronavirus.

Facts First: Trump was denying something he had plainly said.

Trump used Tuesday's briefing to launch baseless attacks against voting-by-mail, which many experts say is one fair and effective solution to holding a presidential election amid a pandemic.

Asked about this contradiction, Trump said it was OK "because I'm allowed to" vote by mail.

Joe Biden and Trump's travel restrictions on China

Trump claimed Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden admitted having been incorrect in his initial stance on Trump's travel restrictions on China.

Facts First: Biden's campaign did say last week that Biden supports Trump's travel restrictions on China.

As PolitiFact reported, Biden said on January 31, the day Trump announced the restrictions on China, and again in a tweet on February 1 that "science" should lead the way in the response to the coronavirus outbreak, not Trump's "record" of "xenophobia. "

But Biden never specifically said that -- and Biden's campaign says the former vice president had been making a general statement about Trump's record and Biden's hopes for the response, not an accusation about the restrictions in particular.

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