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COVID-19 media surveillance - 19 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:

  • "Mexico’s president has given up in the fight against the coronavirus" (washingtonpost)
  • "Californians must wear face masks in public under coronavirus order issued by Newsom" (latimes)
  • "Brain damage found in 20% of people who died from coronavirus" (brusselstimes)
  • "Anthony S. Fauci: ‘We are still in the first wave’ of coronavirus" (washingtonpost)
  • "A GOP sheriff vowed not to enforce Arizona’s coronavirus restrictions. Now he’s tested positive. " (washingtonpost)
  • "Coronavirus has come to Trump country" (washingtonpost)
  • "Multiple Florida hospitals run out of ICU beds as coronavirus cases spike" (newsweek)

The hashtags #canceltrumpstulsarally and #trumprallytulsa trended due to the upcoming Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma (cnn).

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Gavin Newson (USA, Governor of California):

"California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing".

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

"Transmissions are happening at eateries and pubs. … If there is a patient present, there is a high possibility of virus spread at these crowded and confined places where people consume food and drinks, and engage in conversations without wearing their masks".

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a mixture of fabric softener, vinegar, bleach and water will act as a disinfectant against the coronavirus, reporting that while bleach alone would be effective in killing SARS-CoV-2, the mixture could actually result dangerous because it could generate chlorine gases that affect the respiratory system (colombiacheck).
  • American fact checkers label a viral Facebook post claiming that masks should only be worn by medical professionals or people who have become ill during the pandemic as misleading, reporting that the WHO guidance cited in the post is out of date (afpfactcheck).

Fact checked: anti-vax narratives

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the COVID-19 vaccine is “made from cells of aborted foetuses” (colombiacheck).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Italian doctors defied WHO regulation, conducted autopsies on COVID-19 victims and found that COVID-19 is actually caused by a bacterium - not a virus - and can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs (afpsprawdzam).
  • Brazilian fact checkers continue to debunk claims that the Governor of São Paulo signed a contract with a Chinese company to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus in August 2019, reporting that the contract was signed on 10 June 2020 (uolconfere).

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19 June 2020