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COVID-19 media surveillance - 12 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.
© 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "Twitter takes down Beijing-backed influence operation pushing coronavirus messages" (reuters)
  • "Madhya Pradesh: Aslam Baba who treated coronavirus by kissing peoples’ hand, dies; 24 contacts test positive" (newsd)
  • "Earlier coronavirus second wave feared in Europe after mass protests" (reuters)
  • "NHS contact-tracing app cannot be used in crowded tower blocks, ministers warned" (theindependent)
  • "The coronavirus pandemic isn’t ending — it’s surging" (washingtonpost)
  • "Second wave of coronavirus hits Florida, Texas, Arizona after reopenings" (nypost)
  • "White House coronavirus task forces continues retreat even as virus reemerges" (cnn)
  • "The coronavirus is still killing thousands of Americans every week, but Trump isn’t very interested" (motherjones)
  • "Trump rally-goers must agree they won't sue if they contract coronavirus" (cbnsnews)
  • "Covid-19 patient gets double lung transplant, offering hope for others" (nytimes)

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

El Universal, RT (Spanish version), La Tercera, El Diario, Infobae and Okdiario, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Michael Ryan (WHO, Executive Director):

"By no means is this over"; "If we look at the numbers over the last number of weeks, this pandemic is still evolving. It is still growing in many parts of the world".

Matshidiso Moeti (WHO, regional director for Africa):

"It took 98 days to reach the first 100,000 cases, and only 18 days to move to 200,000 cases"; "Even though these cases in Africa account for less than three percent of the global total, it’s clear that the pandemic is accelerating".

Fact Check

Fact checked: claims by public authorities

  • Fact checkers debunk US President Donald Trump’s claim that “Tijuana is the most heavily infected place anywhere in the world”, reporting that San Diego has a much higher infection rate than the Mexican city (factcheck).

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Egypt has found a COVID-19 cure, which will be put on the market soon (fatabyyano).
  • Mexican fact checkers debunk a social media post recommending a combination of three drugs and steam inhalation to cure COVID-19, reporting that the WHO recommends against self-medicating with any drugs (animalpolitico).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that drinking tea with lemon and baking soda prevents/cures COVID-19 (aajtak).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Italian doctors discovered that COVID-19 is actually caused by a bacterium - not a virus - and can be cured with anti-inflammatory drugs, and that it is amplified by 5G electromagnetic radiation (afpchecamos).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk a photo showing a woman carrying a body bag with one hand, claiming to prove that “false deaths” were used to inflate COVID-19 numbers; they report that the photo is from a protest against the mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis in the US, in which the bags were supposed to represent COVID-19 deaths (bol).

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12 June 2020