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COVID-19 media surveillance - 23 June 2020

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

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
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 following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:

  • "Israeli-designed instant coronavirus breathalyser could be rolled out globally" (timesofisrael)
  • "Two family reunions cause a rebound of 21 new infections in Navarra" (eldiario)
  • "Mexico’s Central de Abasto: How coronavirus tore through Latin America’s largest market" (washingtonpost)
  • "Top Democrats say Trump is sitting on $14B for coronavirus testing, contact tracing. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray are calling on the administration to immediately free up the funds." (nbcnews)
  • "Two more Trump staffers test positive for coronavirus after Tulsa rally" (cnn)
  • "Surge in coronavirus cases linked to more Texans in their 20s getting sick, officials say" (texastribune)

The hashtag #gütersloh is trending due to the lockdown measures taken following a major outbreak in a meat processing plant.

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Tedros Adhanom (WHO, Director-General):

"The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that, indeed, the world was not prepared"; "Globally, the pandemic is still accelerating"

Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel, Minister President):

"We will make an announcement today on restricted areas in which there are high infection rates. If the rate of infection continues [to rise], we will expedite the process of bringing the digital means to the approval of the cabinet before Sunday"

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk misleading claims about the health risks of face masks, including claims that wearing face masks is dangerous because it leads to "re-breathing your exhaled CO2", reporting that carbon dioxide molecules are tiny - far smaller than droplets containing coronavirus which the masks are designed to stop - and will not be trapped by a breathable material (bbcrealitycheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk a video in which a self-proclaimed researcher claims that the coronavirus will disappear after the solar eclipse of 21 June, reporting that the video comes from a satirical channel (fatabyyano).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Nobel laureate Dr Denis Mukwege resigned from a Democratic Republic of the Congo COVID-19 response team because they were ordered to declare all deaths COVID-19 death, reporting that in his resignation letter, he blamed the country’s organisational problems, outpaced strategy and slow testing (africacheck, facta).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a peer-reviewed research paper says that the new coronavirus has been artificially engineered, reporting that a Norwegian virologist has made claims about the non-natural origins of the new coronavirus, but this claim is not in a new peer-reviewed paper he co-authored and the scientific community widely agrees that the virus was not artificially engineered (fullfact).

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Publication date
23 June 2020