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COVID-19 media surveillance - 23 July 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.
© 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:

  • "Coronavirus: Oxford vaccine triggers immune response" (bbc)
  • "We are sleepwalking toward economic catastrophe. The cliff is totally visible in front of us: The future is grim if Congress doesn’t act on the economy." (vox)
  • "Coronavirus: first evidence of its infectious risk in exhaled air" (leparisien)
  • "Spain sees the spread of the new coronavirus triple in less than three weeks" (adnradio)
  • "Concerning situation in Finistère with a reproduction rate at 3.1" (bfmtv)
  • "Iran president says up to 25 million might have been infected with Covid-19 since pandemic began" (time)
  • "WHO deeply concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on indigenous populations in America" (minci)
  • "Data shows where Israelis contract the coronavirus. Weekly data provided to the coronavirus Knesset committee shows that only very few Israelis get ill after visiting beaches, pools or bars" (haaretz)

The hashtags #vaccine, #vacuna, #oxford and #oxfordvaccine were trending following the publication about the Oxford vaccine (thelancet).

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, USA Today and BBC.

Infobae, CNN (Spanish Version), El Pais, RT (Spanish Version), El Diario and Clarin, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Michael Ryan (WHO, Executive Director):

"I am very concerned right now that we are beginning to see an acceleration of disease in Africa"; South Africa may, unfortunately, be a precursor, it may be a warning for what will happen in the rest of Africa."

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims, shared, among others, by Instagram influencers, that masks do not help to reduce coronavirus transmission (estadaoverifica) and claims that masks are even dangerous given that they cause decreased oxygen intake and increased "toxic inhalation" (boomlive).
  • Fact checkers debunk a series of false COVID-19 cures, including eucalyptus (newtral), cabbage (factcheck.kz) and a mixture of pepper, honey and ginger (aosfatos).

Fact checked: anti-vax narratives

  • Fact checkers debunk claims from Russian news sites that the US has started testing a COVID-19 vaccine on its armed forces and there are already victims and that US virologists have arrived in Ukraine to test a COVID-19 vaccine on the Ukrainian population (stopfake).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the new COVID-19 vaccine contains "replicable digitisable RNA" that is activated by 5G technology and causes the virus to "reactivate" (afpfactual).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 tests have been tainted with coronavirus for “many months” in an attempt to spread the virus (aapfactcheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk several claims made by David Icke in the course of a two-hour interview published in April 2020. Among the debunked claims are: RT-PCR tests cannot detect the virus, anyone with flu-like symptoms is diagnosed as with COVID-19, Wuhan was the first Chinese city to introduce 5G, just before the outbreak (afpfactual).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that “Operation Lockstep” - a document allegedly released by the Rockefeller Foundation - shows how global elites planned the COVID-19 pandemic for the last 10 years in order to implement a police state (snopes).

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23 July 2020