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COVID-19 media surveillance - 9 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 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.

Extracted Quotes

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 Check

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).

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9 April 2020