FACT CHECK: Did The Media Report That The Same Boy Died From COVID-19 In Three Different Countries?
An image shared on Instagram purports three media outlets reported the death of the same boy from COVID-19 in three different countries.
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The media outlets reported the COVID-related deaths of three different children — a 12-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy.
Biden recently received an updated COVID-19 booster shot Oct. 25 during a vaccination event at the White house to boost its campaign for vaccines, according to The Associated Press. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky recently tested positive for the virus, Politico reported.
An Instagram post claims that media outlets reported the death of “the same child” due to COVID-19 in three different countries. (RELATED: Did Denmark Ban The Covid Vaccine For Children?)
“THE SAME CHILD DIES IN 3 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES FROM COVID. – U.K, PORTUGAL, AND BELGIUM – THIS IS HOW THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA WORKS IN THE WORLD,” the image’s text reads.
This claim is fabricated. The three media outlets report the deaths of three different children due to COVID-19.
The Instagram post features an article from the Daily Mail reporting that a 14-year-old boy from Portugal named Vitor Godinho died. It shows a picture of Godinho, as seen in the Instagram post.
The next article is from The Daily Express about the death of an unnamed 12-year-old girl from Belgium. The article mentions Godinho as the youngest boy in Portugal to die of the virus and includes his picture.
The third article is from The Daily Record and reports the death of a 13-year-old boy from the U.K named Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab. This article does not mention Godinho or include his picture. The Instagram post appears to reference a social media post with Godinho’s picture instead, identifying him as a 13-year-old boy from the U.K.
This is not the first time misinformation regarding COVID-19 has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting U.S. Special Forces destroyed a lab that was testing a new strain of the virus.