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.
- USA: highest one-day death toll with at least 1,900 deaths; President Donald Trump once again scapegoated WHO
- Spain: fatalities rise for second day in a row to 757
- Italy: number of confirmed cases climbed to 139,422, the third highest global tally behind that of the US and Spain; industry association confindustria warns that companies won’t be able to pay salaries if strict lockdown continues
- France: lockdown measures will be prolonged after 15 April
- Germany’s new infections rise the most in five days
- Cases in the vicinity of EU institutions: 23,403 confirmed cases in Belgium; Luxembourg plans to test citizens by random sample
- Finland: face masks ordered from China prove unfit for hospital use
- EU: sudden resignation of ERC president followed a vote of no confidence by his peers; unified policy on coronavirus mobile apps is drawn up
- UK: lockdown to be extended beyond next week; prime minister Boris Johnson’s health improving under intensive care
- Turkey: surge in new coronavirus cases is a concern according to WHO
- Saudi Arabia declared a cease-fire in Yemen due to COVID-19
- Pakistan doctors beaten by police at a sit-in to protest against a lack of personal protective equipment
- South Korea: 39 new cases reported as concern grows over recurring cases
- Japan: record 455 cases reported a day after emergency declaration; Tokyo’s governor is poised to call for further business closures
- China: new measures including contact tracing and mandatory collective quarantine to contain asymptomatic cases as 63 new cases were reported
- Science: study shows that SARS-CoV-2 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks, but ferrets and cats are permissive to infection; social gatherings were ‘rocket fuel’ for coronavirus
- Economy: global trade will fall by up to a third in 2020 according to WTO; World Bank sees Sub-Saharan Africa’s first recession in 25 years; crisis could push half a billion people into poverty according to Oxfam
The following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:
- "Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November" (abcnews)
- "How will we know when it’s time to reopen the nation?" (nytimes)
- "New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown has resulted in only one death" (thehill)
- "Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word" (latimes)
- "Swedish hospitals abandon trial of promising malaria drug chloroquine for coronavirus patients after it caused them blinding headaches, vision loss and agonising cramps" (dailymail)
- "Coronavirus: low antibody levels raise questions about reinfection risk" (scmp)
The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, the Hill, Washington Post and the Guardian.
El País, El Diario, Okdiario and RT (Spanish Version), and Le Parisien and Le Monde were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.
Tedros Adhanom (WHO, Director-General):
"At the end of the day, the people belong to all political parties. The focus of all political parties should be to save their people, please do not politicize this virus".
Antonio Guterres (UN, Secretary-General):
"It is my belief that the WHO must be supported, as it is absolutely critical to the world's efforts to win the war against COVID-19".
Giuseppe Conte (Italy, Prime Minister):
"We need to pick sectors that can restart their activity. If scientists confirm it, we might begin to relax some measures already by the end of this month".
Fact checked: anti-immigrant sentiment
- German fact checkers have reported that while it is true that asylum seekers are exempt from the entry ban currently in place, they have to go through health checks upon entry and can be rejected (correctiv).
Fact checked: treatment
- Fact checkers have repeatedly reported that there is no definitive evidence that chloroquine cures COVID-19 (bbc, npr).
Fact checked: conspiracy theories
- Fact checkers have debunked the claim that 5G technology causes the novel coronavirus by “sucking oxygen out of lungs” (facta).
- Fact checkers have repeatedly debunked the claim that the novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory (fullfact, usatoday).
Fact checked: anti-Chinese rhetoric
- Fact checkers have previously reported that the Chinese government ordered the swift cremation of patients who die after contracting the coronavirus but there is no evidence they were being cremated alive (politifact).
- Fact checkers have reported that despite an alleged quote by a senior Trump administration official, there is no evidence that China has sold to Italy the same medical supplies Italy had previously donated to China (butac).
Mail to JRC-EMM-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu
- Publication date
- 9 April 2020