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COVID-19 media surveillance - 21 April 2020

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media 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.



The following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:

  • Stop Airing Trump’s Briefings! The media is allowing disinformation to appear as news (nytimes)
  • Kentucky reports highest coronavirus infection increase after a week of protests to reopen state (newsweek)
  • Denmark and Poland are refusing to bail out companies registered in offshore tax havens (businessinsider)
  • Hundreds of thousands in L.A. County may have been infected with coronavirus, study finds (latimes)
  • The White house has erected a blockade stopping states and hospitals from getting coronavirus PPE (nymag)

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Mike Ryan (WHO, Executive Director):

"With regards to recovery and then reinfection, I believe we do not have the answers to that. That is an unknown"; "One would expect that a person who generates a full-blown immune response with detectable antibodies should have protection for a period of time. We just don't know what that period of time is".

Angelo Borrelli (Italy, Head of Civil Protection):
"For the first time, we have seen a new positive development: the number of currently positive has declined".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • Ecuadorian fact checkers debunk a video claiming to show COVID-19 victims thrown into the sea (ecuadorchequea).

Fact checked: anti-Chinese sentiment

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Chinese nationals have been banned from supermarkets in Australia (afp, boomlive).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the German government sent China a bill for “coronavirus damages” (fullfact).

Fact checked: anti-Muslim sentiment

  • Indian fact checkers debunk claims that Muslims are throwing banknotes onto the street in an attempt to spread coronavirus (altnews). The coronavirus outbreak has led to a huge spike in anti-Muslim narratives in India.

Fact checked: prevention

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that baby wipes are recommended for DIY protection masks (faktograf, afp).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that China invented the novel coronavirus to take over the world (lasillavacia).
  • Fact checkers debunk a photo claiming to prove that the novel coronavirus is a bioweapon of the US military (faktograf).

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Publication date
21 April 2020