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US President Donald Trump replayed the COVID-19 pandemic, linking it to the flu in a tweet on Tuesday, and Twitter replied by placing a warning mark on the tweet, claiming the message contained potentially false facts.

“The Flu season is coming! A number of people die every year, often over 100,000, even despite the vaccine, from the flu. Are we going to close our country down there? No, we’ve learned to deal with it, just as we learn to live with COVID, even less deadly than other cultures!!! “Trump was tweeting.

Earlier that day, Facebook deleted a related message from Trump, according to CNN. For the first time in August, Facebook deleted Trump’s post for coronavirus disinformation. The article featured a video in which the President wrongly said that children were “completely immune” to COVID 19.

Twitter blocked retweets Trump’s similar message on Tuesday, adding a warning mark that said it violated its guidelines on “spreading false and potentially damaging knowledge relating to COVID-19” but that it may be in the public interest to stay available.

The tweet arrives hours after Trump’s release from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

On Monday, Trump told Americans “get out there” and don’t think about COVID-19 when he returned to the White House after a three-night hospital stay to be screened for a new coronavirus and removed his white surgical mask for photographs.

Over the 2019-2020 influenza season, according to the U.S., influenza was linked with 22,000 deaths. Estimates of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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