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COVID-19 media surveillance - 16 July 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:

  • "The coronavirus recovery plan that von der Leyen built" (politico)
  • "When secret coronavirus contracts are awarded without competition, it's deadly serious" (theguardian)
  • "Trump administration strips C.D.C. of control of Coronavirus data. Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency." (nytimes)
  • "Fauci: ‘Bizarre’ white house behavior only hurts the president. The nation’s top public-health expert tells The Atlantic that he isn’t going anywhere, despite the Trump administration’s newest attempts to undercut him." (theatlantic)
  • "Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. coronavirus cases are surging because nation didn’t totally shut down" (cnbc)
  • "Masks offer much more protection against coronavirus than many think" (latimes)

Hashtags related to the reporting on Dr Fauci and President Trump featured prominently, e.g. #fauci, #trump and #trumphasnocredibility.

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Sophie Wilmès (Belgium, Premier Minister):

"Since the beginning of this month, there has been a resurgence of the virus. Phase 5 has been drawn up and is scheduled to start on 1 August"; "If the trend is not good, we will not go to Phase 5. We now want to see how the trend evolves. If stricter measures need to be taken in the future, we are ready to do so. A lot has to do with our own behavior."

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear-mongering claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that there is an outbreak of an unknown type of pneumonia, more lethal than COVID-19, in Kazakhstan, reporting that Kazakhstani health officials have dismissed such claims (factanews, snopes).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that according to scientists, 80% of the world population will die of COVID-19 (factcheck.kz, stopfake).

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that given that asymptomatic carriers cannot infect others, wearing masks is absurd (stopfake).

Fact checked: anti-vax claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that influenza vaccines contain coronaviruses (afpfactcheck). Such claims were popularised b discredited researcher Judy Mikovits in the viral “Plandemic” video.

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk a photo claiming to show former Barack Obama, Dr Anthony Fauci and Melinda Gates at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015, checking on the progress of the creation of SARS-CoV-2. The photo was taken at a US lab and the woman in the photo is not Melinda Gates (afpfactual).
  • Fact checkers debunk a video claiming to show French doctors throwing their white coats to the floor in protest of the “corona fraud”. The video was filmed before the first case of coronavirus was diagnosed in France (correctiv).
  • Fact checkers continue to debunk claims that Nobel laureate Denis Mukwege resigned from the coronavirus task force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo because he was offered money to falsify COVID-19 cases (politifact). These false claims have been circulating on social media for over a month.

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16 July 2020