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COVID-19 media surveillance - 7 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.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
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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:

  • Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen (bbc)
  • Spain’s tragedy was all too predictable (bloomberg)
  • Susan Rice on Trump’s coronavirus response: He has cost tens of thousands of American lives (washingtonpost)
  • Trump’s aggressive advocacy of malaria drug for treating coronavirus divides medical community (nytimes)

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

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

The following hashtags were trending:

#borisjohnson due to Boris Johnson’s transfer to intensive case #mailinballotfraud due to discussions about mail-in and absentee votes in the US

Extracted Quotes

Angela Merkel (Germany, Chancellor):

"Auch Deutschland wird es auf Dauer nur gut gehen, wenn es Europa gut geht."

Olivier Veran (France, Health Minister):

"Nous ne sommes pas au bout de l'ascension épidémique. Les chiffres le démontrent."

Yves Stevens (Belgium, National Crisis Centre):

"We have the situation under control, but we must keep on persevering"; "The large majority of the population followed the measures strictly, also during the sunny weekend. It is important that we keep doing that, also during the Easter break."

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • Italy has not resorted to mass graves for coronavirus victims (facta, snopes).
  • One of Madrid’s main avenues has not been filled with coffins (efe).
  • WHO has not released a global lockdown timeline for COVID-19 (thequint).

Fact checked: prevention and treatment

  • It is not true that Cuba created a medicine that cures COVID-19 (animalpolitico).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Hospitals with empty beds do not prove that COVID-19 is a “fake crisis”. There are hospitals with significant numbers of empty beds, but that is because they are canceling non-urgent surgeries and other procedures in an effort to free up bed space for an expected influx of coronavirus patients (politifact).
  • There is no scientific connection between the coronavirus outbreak and the implementation of 5G technology (open).
  • The coronavirus crisis is not a governmental cover-up for the deployment of 5G network towers (leadstories).
  • There is no evidence that the novel coronavirus is a bioweapon created by China (open).

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7 April 2020