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Read below a roundup of errors and corrections in reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.

A March 18 correction from the BBC:

“In a report about Coronavirus in Italy the number of deaths was said to be more than 12,000. In fact the total number of deaths to date on that day was 1,441 – up from 1,266 the day before. “

The Guardian’s correction on an article about the impact of the lockdown on Venice, Italy:

“This article was amended on 20 March 2020 because an earlier version contained a tweet which was subsequently found to contain incorrect claims. The tweet has been removed.”

Texas TV news outlet KFox14’s March 23 correction:

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported 10,055 confirmed cases. That is the number of tests. We regret the error.

A March 24 New York Times correction:

“An article on Sunday about President Trump’s hesitance to use emergency powers to compel the production of medical gear misidentified the type of masks in heavy use in the New York-Presbyterian hospital system. The system uses 4,000 non-N95 masks a day, not N95 masks.”

A March 24 correction from the New York Times:

“An article on Monday about the way the coronavirus may react to warming weather mistakenly referred to a pathogen. Tuberculosis is bacterial, not viral.”

A USA Today correction:

News: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information about Zach Wurtz’s status in the trial of a vaccine for COVID-19. He is currently in the evaluation process and could be one of 45 people selected to be test subjects for the first phase of testing the vaccine.

A March 24 Toronto Star correction:

A March 24 column on government transparency mistakenly said 26 healthcare professionals in Toronto had tested positive for COVID-19 by late Monday (March 23). In fact, that figure was for Ontario.”

A March 25 correction:

“The initial version of this story said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there have been about 23,000 deaths during the current flu season. That figure is at the lowest end of the CDC’s estimated range, which extends to 59,000.”

A March 26 New York Times correction:

“An article on Friday about the global competition for a coronavirus vaccine misstated the relationship of one company, Sanofi, to others working in the field. It is working independently on a vaccine, not with Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Roche and Takeda.”

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