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COVID-19 media surveillance - 20 August 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:

  • "Southeast Asia detects mutated virus strain sweeping the world" (bloomberg)
  • "New mutant strain of new coronavirus confirmed in Southeast Asia" (bloomberg)
  • "Germany to extend coronavirus furlough to 24 months" (theguardian)
  • "Trump warns of a ‘big surge’ of coronavirus in New Zealand, which had just recorded nine new cases" (washingtonpost)
  • "UNC-Chapel Hill pivots to remote teaching after coronavirus spreads among students during first week of class" (washingtonpost)
  • "Scientists see signs of lasting immunity to COVID-19, even after mild infections" (chicagotribune)
  • "Spain’s mounting coronavirus crisis is met by government silence" (bloomberg)

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Kazuhiro Tateda (Japan, Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases):
"We were able to somehow overcome ‘the first wave’ after the state of emergency was declared"; "But we are now in the midst of a second wave."

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers continue to debunk claims that masks are ineffective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and can cause hypercapnia (boomlive).
  • Fact checkers debunk a viral claim on Facebook and WhatsApp that coronavirus can be killed with the help of steam (vishvasnews).
  • They debunk a claim about mouthwash killing coronavirus (vishvasnews).
  • Fact checkers debunk the claim that it was Putin's daughter to receive the COVID-19 vaccine first (misbar, checkyourfact).
  • Vastly debunked are claims for the fatal effect of the vaccines, including claims that the Russian President Putin’s daughter died after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (thelogicalindian, snopes), and also that one of the first volunteers of a COVID-19 vaccine trial in the United Kingdom died (verafiles).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that flu vaccines make children more vulnerable to coronavirus infections (boomlive).
  • Fact checkers debunk a claim that went viral on social media that COVID-19 is a bacterium and not a virus (altnews).
  • They continue to debunk conspiracy theories about Bill Gates plans to forcefully vaccinate and depopulate Africa amid the novel coronavirus pandemic (boomlive).
  • The debunking of claims that the coronavirus was designed in a lab and global health leaders knew the crisis would occur also continues (boomlive).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Facebook is using posts in lawsuits against it amid the COVID-19 pandemic (vishvasnews).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims spread in the US and Italy that under the COVID legislation school authorities can quarantine children with COVID-19 symptoms outside their family home without their parents' or guardians' consent (facta.news, snopes).
  • Fact checkers debunk a Brazilian claim that all deaths by respiratory failure and pneumonia are being registered as COVID-19, according to the Civil Registry website (poynter).

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20 August 2020