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COVID-19 media surveillance - 19 May 2020

This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.


This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.

It is created with the Europe Media Monitor (EMM).

The selection and placement of stories are determined automatically by a computer program.



The following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:

  • "Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it’s an unproven treatment" (cnbc)
  • "We're already in a Great Depression" (cnn)
  • "France closes 70 schools in one week due to coronavirus cases" (20minutos)
  • "Angela Merkel highlighted the value of the critical press in times of the coronavirus" (clarin)
  • "‘This feels great’. A preview from Georgia about how America might reemerge from the coronavirus: Eating, drinking, touching and throwing caution to the wind" (washingtonpost)
  • "US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests" (theguardian)
  • "He thought the coronavirus was 'a fake crisis.' Then he contracted it and changed his mind." (nbcnews)
  • "Uruguay, the only place in Latin America included among the countries that ‘beat the coronavirus’" (clarin)
  • "As coronavirus testing expands, a new problem arises: Not enough people to test" (washingtonpost)

The hashtags #who and #oms trended following Donald Trump’s letter to the WHO (twitter) and the entailing discussions.

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Reuters and CNN.

El Diario, El Confidencial, Infobae, ABC and Libertad Digital, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Angela Merkel (Germany, Chancellor):

"We are convinced that it is not only fair, but also necessary to make available the funds now… that we will then gradually repay through several future European budgets".

Macron (France, President):

"The crisis we are experiencing is unprecedented and it implies, it imposes a response which must be collective and first of all European".

Bruno Covas (Brazil, Mayor of São Paulo):

"The city is coming to the limit of options"; "We need to decide if we want to test the limits, or if we will be prudent and firmly maintain social isolation for the time needed so that the health system doesn't collapse. We are closer than we would like."

Fact Check

Fact checked: claims by public authorities

  • Fact checkers debunk a claim by Luca Zaia, the governor of Veneto region in Italy, that if the coronavirus weakens, it is proof that it is man-made (open).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the WHO only started to recommend massive testing in April, reporting that the WHO started to recommend to "find, isolate, test" at the beginning of March (afpfactuel).

Fact checked: health claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the coronavirus remains in the throat for four days and drinking water and gargling eliminates the virus, reporting that there is no evidence of that (vishvasnews).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that humans are getting sick because the “bioengineered” coronavirus is reacting to 5G and a coronavirus vaccine “with an RFID chip” will be introduced as the cure for the disease (verafiles).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the existence of a canine coronavirus vaccine demonstrates that a human vaccine for COVID-19 should already exist, explaining that the misunderstanding probably stems from the word "coronavirus" and how it pertains to a family of viruses (newtral, poligrafo).

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Publication date
19 May 2020