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COVID-19 media surveillance - 2 April 2020

This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports in on Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the UK, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.
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 retweeted items:

  • China concealed extent of virus outbreak, U.S. intelligence says (bloomberg)
  • 90-year-old woman dies from coronavirus after asking doctors to save ventilator for younger patients (complex)
  • “The campaign panicked”: inside Trump’s decision to back off of his easter coronavirus miracle (vanityfair)
  • Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, DHS officials say (washingtonpost)
  • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube remove posts from Bolsonaro (bloomberg)

The most retweeted English sources were the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and Bloomberg.

Russia Today (Spanish Version), Infobae and El Diario and Le Monde, Ouest France and Le Parisien were among the most retweeted Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO, Director-general):

"As we enter the fourth month since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic I’m deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection"; "Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases, reaching almost every country"; "The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths."

Dr Antony Fauci (USA, Director of NIAID):

"The idea of getting a much more broad, community-wide use of masks, outside of the health care setting, is under very active discussion at the task force. The CDC group is looking at that very carefully."

Fact Check

Fact checked: anti-EU sentiment

  • It is not true that Italians are taking down EU flags en masse. Posts from a few individuals were used to offer a manipulated version of reality (raskrinkavanje).

Fact checked: anti-Muslim sentiment

  • A video of a group of boys licking utensils is going viral with the claim that it shows Muslims trying to spread coronavirus. That is not true - it is an old video (thequint, boomlive).

Fact checked: prevention

  • There is no evidence that drinking hot water, gargling with salt water and not eating ice cream will prevent coronavirus infections (efe).
  • There is no evidence that assuming high doses of vitamin C cures COVID-19 (open).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • It is not true that the 2020 novel coronavirus pandemic fits a pattern of viral outbreaks that occur every 100 years. The infographic that purports to support that claim ignores other epidemics that do not fit the assumed pattern (boomlive).
  • The conspiracy theory according to which Italian state media exposed Chinese biological experiments to infect humans with coronavirus in 2015 is debunked. The coronavirus discussed in 2015 has nothing to do with SARS-CoV-2 (maldita).

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2 April 2020