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COVID-19 media surveillance - 22 June 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:

  • "Coronavirus: Germany's R number rockets again - from 1.79 to 2.88" (sky)
  • "How the US and Italy traded places on coronavirus" (politico)
  • "Sick staff and empty seats: How Trump's triumphant return to the campaign trail went from bad to worse" (cnn)
  • "Federal support to end for coronavirus testing sites" (cnn)
  • "236 people got the coronavirus after an Oregon church held services during lockdown — more evidence that religious gatherings are superspreading hot spots" (businessinsider)

The hashtags #kungflu and #trumprallyfail trended following Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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

El Mundo, ABC, El Pais and CNN (Spanish Version), and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Park Won-soon (South Korea, Mayor of Seoul):

"We will have no choice but to return to the previous high-level of physical distancing if the average daily number of new coronavirus cases in Seoul for the next three days exceeds 30, or the occupation rate of hospital beds reaches 70 percent".

Jens Spahn (Germany, Federal Minister of Health):

"The spread across Germany can only be prevented with decisive action on site in East Westphalia"

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that dexamethasone is a new “life-saving” drug against COVID-19, specifying that the drug has proven to be “life-saving” only for some severe cases (verafiles).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Brazilian fact checkers debunk a video claiming that COVID-19 has existed since 2003 and showing as proof an article dated 2003 mentioning the word “coronavirus”, reporting that the article in question was about SARS, a disease caused by a virus in the coronavirus family (estadaoverifica).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a pandemic plagues humanity every 100 years, reporting that there are mistakes regarding both the pandemics and the dates listed (boatos).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Bill Gates was in New Zealand in May, New Zealand is a “perfect” nation “to test and trial” a vaccine for coronavirus and Gates’ purported “goal” of microchipping the vaccine is to be able to track people who receive it. Fact checkers report that, among other things, it is not true that Bill Gates visited New Zealand in May (aapfactcheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a new study proves that there is a connection between COVID-19 and 5G networks (faktograf).

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Publication date
22 June 2020