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COVID-19 media surveillance - 31 March 2020

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

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports on Italy, France, Spain, Russia, China and Japan
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
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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 most retweeted items were:

  • The Japanese Medical Association held a press conference asking for an emergency declaration (yahoo_jp)
  • Is the U.S. 'flattening the curve?' (time)
  • Trump thrilled that coronavirus is boosting his press conference ratings (vanityfair)

An article published on 27 March has received a high number of retweets:

  • FBI warns of potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid coronavirus (abcnews)

The following hashtags were on the rise:

  • #oban due to the law to rule by decree without clear time limit
  • #stopairingtrump and #boycotttrumppressconferences appeared following the latest White House press conference

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

Okdiario, El Diario, El País, Infobae and Russia Today (Spanish Version) and Le Parisien and Le Monde were among the most retweeted Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Takeshi Kasai (WHO, Regional Director for the Western Pacific):

"Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific. This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard"; "We need every country to keep preparing for large-scale community transmission."

Aaditya Mattoo (World Bank, Chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific):

"[The pandemic is causing] an unprecedented global shock, which could bring growth to a halt and could increase poverty across the region".

Fact Check

Fact checked: political aspect of coronavirus

  • Putin did not say that Italy would not be alone if it left the EU (pagellapolitica).

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • The 21 million mobile accounts deactivated in China after the coronavirus outbreak did not belong to people who have died of COVID-19 (butac).
  • Military trucks are not collecting the bodies of COVID-19 victims in Italy, contrary to what a photo circulating on social media claims to portray (fullfact).

Fact checked: prevention and treatment

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • The novel coronavirus is not a hoax invented by governments to make money (
  • Bill Gates does not have access to the DNA of those who have taken a coronavirus test, and he does not partly own WHO (leadstories).

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Publication date
31 March 2020