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COVID-19 media surveillance - 3 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:

  • Jared Kushner is going to get us all killed (nytimes)
  • Navy removes aircraft carrier captain who raised alarm about coronavirus response (washingtonpost)
  • Where America didn’t stay home even as the virus spread (nytimes)
  • The 1,000-Bed Comfort was supposed to aid New York. It has 20 patients (nytimes)

The hashtag #globalceasefire got traction over the last days following a campaign by the United Nations.

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Ursula von der Leyen (European Commission, President):

"Every available Euro in the EU budget will be directed to address the coronavirus crisis, rule will be eased to enable the funding to flow rapidly and effectively. With the new solidarity instrument, SURE, the EU will mobilise €100 bn to keep people in jobs & businesses running."

Ahmed Al-Mandhari (WHO; director for the Eastern Mediterranean region):

"New cases have been reported in some of the most vulnerable countries with fragile health systems"; "Even in countries with stronger heath systems, we have seen a worrying spike in the numbers of cases and deaths reported".

Dr Anthony Fauci (USA, Director of NIAID):

"I don't understand why every state hasn't issued stay-at-home orders".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 causes male infertility (factcheck).
  • Hantavirus is not a new virus from China and is not likely to cause an epidemic (efe).

Fact checked: coronavirus is not dangerous

  • An interview with a doctor denying the existence of a health emergency linked to the COVID-19 pandemic is debunked (open).

Fact checked: prevention and treatment

  • There is no evidence that ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can make COVID-19 cases more severe (factcheck).
  • Drinking black tea and pepper soup does not cure COVID-19 (bbc).
  • COVID-19 vaccines are not being tested on Africans. There is no vaccine for COVID-19 yet and only few clinical trials are taking place, none of them currently in African countries (bbc).
  • The flu vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine do not protect against SARS-CoV-2 (butac).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • There is no evidence that 5G WiFi networks are linked to the new coronavirus (fullfact).

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Publication date
3 April 2020