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Minnesota legislators say COVID-19 death totals have been inflated in their state, call for an audit

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ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 03: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz helps pack food donations while campaigning at the Sanneh Foundation with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden, on October 3, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. Two Minnesota state representatives have alleged that Walz's lockdown measures are based on inflated death totals. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Two Minnesota state representatives are calling for a national audit of the published coronavirus death totals nationwide, claiming that the figures have been inflated by including individuals who died of obviously non-illness related reasons (like car crashes) after they had a positive test for the novel coronavirus.

Reps. Mary Franson and Scott Jensen, both Republicans, made the comments on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday. According to Franson, "I enlisted some people that are really good at understanding data … to go through those death files and what I found was shocking because I was just hoping that it was a myth, but indeed, Minnesota is classifying some deaths as COVID when clearly, they should not be."

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