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COVID-19 media surveillance - 25 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:

  • "Can We Call Trump a Killer? There is no way to remove his culpability in the neglectful handling of the coronavirus." (nytimes)
  • "Alarming spike in coronavirus sparks fears California is ‘starting to lose this battle’ (latimes)
  • Fauci: 'I've never seen anything closely resemble' what the coronavirus can do (thehill)
  • How the Virus Won. Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control. (nytimes)
  • A couple from the United States tests positive for coronavirus in Menorca (elpais)
  • Dozens of Secret Service officers and agents told to self-quarantine after Trump’s Tulsa rally (washingtonpost)

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Hans Kluge (WHO, Regional Director for Europe):

"Last week, Europe saw an increase in weekly cases for the first time in months; "thirty countries have seen increases in new cumulative cases over the past two weeks. In 11 of these countries, accelerated transmission has led to very significant resurgence that if left unchecked will push health systems to the brink once again in Europe."

Fact Check

Fact checked: government response

  • Fact checkers address claims that no country currently has a functioning track and trace app, reporting that while several countries have launched apps, including Germany, France, Australia, Singapore and Latvia, uptake has been fairly low, concluding that it is too early to say whether track and trace apps will be effective in helping combat COVID-19 (fullfact).

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Nigeria has discovered a COVID-19 vaccine, reporting that Nigerian researchers have claimed they have a potential candidate vaccine that will need to go through a lot of trials (africacheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that if you can hold your breath for at least 10 seconds, then you do not have the coronavirus. Fact checkers note they have debunked these claims before, however, a new post is going viral on the Internet (vishvasnews).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that witch hazel can destroy the novel coronavirus on skin or surfaces, reporting that there is no evidence that witch hazel destroys germs, including the novel coronavirus (nationalacademies).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk a video by a Serbian vlogger claiming that the pandemic was engineered, providing as proof the fact that several events focused on epidemic preparedness were held in 2019 (faktograf).

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Publication date
25 June 2020