Super Bowl champion Tom Brady criticised for Instagram post downplaying Covid death toll

Oliver O'Connell
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 (AP)
(AP)

Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has been corrected after claiming on Instagram that the number of deaths by suicide is outpacing the number of deaths from Covid-19.

PolitiFact examined the claim by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and found the statement false.

Mr Brady wrote: “More suicide deaths than coronavirus deaths last two months. So wash your hands and wear your masks but don’t forget to be nice to people and look after yourself.”

The post had a large “Truth” stamp in the corner.

In an average month, approximately 4,000 people die from suicide according to the National Centre for Health Statistics.

In the past 30 days, almost 22,000 have died from Covid-19.

PolitiFact, run by the Poynter Institute, is dedicated to combatting misinformation and reached out to Mr Brady to ask what the source of the information was — he did not respond.

As the post was an Instagram story, it had expired or been taken down by the time that PolitiFact published the correction of the claim.

Social media users had already captured screenshots of the post.

More to follow…