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COVID-19 media surveillance - 20 April 2020

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports
© European Union 2020, EMM/MEDISYS

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:

  • Coronavirus: 38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster (thetimes)
  • New Zealand’s Prime Minister may be the most effective leader on the planet (theatlantic)
  • Three coronavirus whistleblowers still missing after two months (metro)
  • Indian hospitals refuse to admit Muslims as coronavirus causes Islamophobia surge (telegraph)
  • How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes (sciencemag)
  • Americans at World Health Organization transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration (washingtonpost)
  • The White House has erected a blockade stopping states and hospitals from getting coronavirus PPE (nymag)

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

Infobae, Okdiario, RT (Spanish Version) and El País and Le Parisien and Le Monde were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand, Prime Minister):

"We have done what very few countries have been able to do"; "We have stopped a wave of devastation"; "New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday April 27, one week from today".

Sebastian Kurz (Austria, Chancellor):

"People have to wear masks in shops, but also in restaurants or elsewhere in the future. I think that can be helpful"; "It will take months and the situation will remain difficult"

Matt Hancock (UK, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care):

"We are tight on gowns, that is the pressure point at the moment".

Tedros Adhanom (WHO, Director-General):

"Wet markets are an important source of affordable food and livelihood for millions of people all over the world. But in many places, they have been poorly regulated and poorly maintained"; "WHO's position is that when these markets are allowed to reopen, it should only be on the condition that they conform to stringent food safety and hygiene standards. Governments must rigorously enforce bans on the sale and trade of wildlife for food".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • Venezuelan fact checkers debunk photos claiming to show people dying of COVID-19 on the street (efectococuyo).
  • Indian fact checkers debunk a photo claiming to show a family who committed suicide out of hunger during the lockdown imposed to tackle coronavirus – the photo is from an old, unrelated incident (altnews).

Fact checked: emergency response

  • Fact checkers explain the reasons why a Facebook post comparing coronavirus and flu deaths in Germany is misleading – the post implies that the restrictive measures implemented to contain the pandemic are exaggerated (correctiv).

Fact checked: treatment

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that tonic water and zinc can cure COVID-19 (afp).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Bill Gates called the novel coronavirus a “great corrector” (boomlive).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the novel coronavirus has not reached the capitals of China, Russia and Syria, suggesting that the pandemic was engineered for politico-economic purposes (animalpolitico).
  • Fact checkers debunk yet another video of an alleged doctor claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic is caused by 5G technology (maldita).

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Publication date
20 April 2020