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COVID-19 media surveillance - 14 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, India, 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 mentioned/retweeted items:

  • What do countries with the best coronavirus responses have in common? Women leaders (forbes)
  • Virginia pastor who defiantly held church service dies of coronavirus (nypost)
  • Beijing tightens grip over coronavirus research, amid US-China row on virus origin (cnn)
  • Africans in Guangzhou are on edge, after many are left homeless amid rising xenophobia as China fights a second wave of coronavirus (cnn)
  • Behind closed doors, Trump's coronavirus task force boosts industry and sows confusion (nbc)

The hashtag #firefauci trended due to Donald Trump retweeting criticism of NIAID director Anthony Fauci (politico).

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, the Guardian and Youtube.

El Confidencial, Infobae, RT (Spanish Version), Youtube and El País and Le Parisien and Le Monde were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Emmanuel Macron (France, President):

"We must therefore continue our efforts and apply the rules. The more we respect the rules, the more lives we save. This is why strict containment must continue until Monday, May 11".

Sebastian Kurz (Austria, Chancellor):

"There will be no events in Austria until the end of June, and probably not even during the summer"; "We will take a decision at the end of April. Weddings are also included".

Donald Trump (USA, President):

"The president of the United States calls the shots. If we weren't here for the states, you'd have had a problem in this country like you've never seen before"; "When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total, and that's the way it's got to be. ... It's total. The governors know that".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • It is not true that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a new virus, much more lethal than the novel coronavirus. The virus that causes EEE was isolated in 1933 and while the fatality rate of EEE is higher than that of COVID-19, the risk of infection is quite low (maldita).
  • It is not true that the novel coronavirus has been “confirmed” to be airborne (rappler).

Fact checked: anti-immigrant sentiment

  • Italian fact checkers debunked a story according to which immigrants occupied the house of an elderly couple who died of COVID-19 (facta).

Fact checked: treatment

  • There is no definitive evidence that chloroquine cures COVID-19 (washingtonpost).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • It is not true that 5G antennas were set on fire in the Italian town of La Spezia (leadstories).
  • It is not true that the creator of the novel coronavirus was arrested (rappler, mythdetector).

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14 April 2020