Twitter has added a warning label to a tweet by US President Donald Trump that compared the COVID-19 pandemic to the flu, saying the post included potentially misleading information.
"Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!" Trump had tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Facebook Inc removed a similar post by Trump, according to CNN.
The United States has the world's highest death toll from the pandemic, with more than 209,000 deaths.
By comparison, influenza typically kills between 22,000 and 64,000 people a year in the United States, government statistics indicate.
The tweet comes hours after Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
On Monday, Trump told people "to get out there" and not fear COVID-19 as he returned to the White House after a three-night hospital stay to be treated for the coronavirus and removed his white surgical mask to pose for pictures.
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