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COVID-19 media surveillance - 15 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "Two infected Missouri hairstylists were wearing masks. None of their 140 customers, also masked, got COVID-19" (adn)
  • "Coronavirus survival comes with a $1.1 million, 181-page price tag" (seattletimes)
  • "Florida fired its coronavirus data scientist. Now she’s publishing the statistics on her own. " (washingtonpost)
  • "Record spikes in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations sweep parts of U.S." (reuters)
  • "Trump rally called ‘dangerous move’ in age of coronavirus" (apnews)

The hashtag #ExposeBillGates trended on Twitter on Saturday after activist groups and alternative media organisations reportedly called for a Global Day of Action against the Microsoft founder's 'control agenda'.

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Michael Ryan (WHO, Executive Director):

"We are very much in the upswing of this pandemic, particularly in the global south".

Jung Eun-kyeong (South Korea, KCDC Director):

"Mass outbreaks in the community are focused mostly in religious facilities, nursing homes, social welfare centers and business establishments. While focusing efforts to prevent the virus spread in high-risk categories, we also need to secure medical supplies and keep social distancing to block chains of infections".

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the WHO has declared that asymptomatic carriers cannot spread the virus and that healthy people are, therefore, no longer required to practice social distancing (fatabyyano).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that masks are not only ineffective in preventing coronavirus infection but also harmful to one’s health, reporting that studies show masks can curb spread of the novel coronavirus and experts say the face coverings do not cause health problems (politifact).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that deceased Chinese whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang had found that coffee can cure COVID-19 (boomlive).

Fact checked: downplaying COVID-19

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a secret report prepared by a scientific group appointed by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior calls the pandemic a “false alarm”, reporting that the document in question is not from the Interior Ministry, but was drafted by a former Ministry employee and reflects his personal views (faktograf).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk a new Spanish-language video arguing that 5G technology is the cause of COVID-19 (colombiacheck).

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15 June 2020