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COVID-19 media surveillance - 28 May 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:

  • "France bans use of hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment. The country’s public health agency advised against use outside of clinical trials." (politico)
  • "No 10 ‘had not noticed’ daily testing figure has disappeared for several days in a row. Statistic vanishes from daily charts – after widespread criticism that numbers tested is tens of thousands below ‘capacity’ available" (independent)
  • "‘Deep national disquiet’: Emily Maitlis praised for summing up public mood over Dominic Cummings row in Newsnight opener" (independent)
  • "A Polynesian paradise sacrificed its economy to stay virus-free. The output of the Cook Islands will contract by some 60% because of bans on international visitors." (bloomberg)
  • "Mexico reports a record number in a day of new cases and deaths from COVID-19" (reuters)

The hashtag #trumpdeathtoll100k trended as the US death toll reached 100,000.

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

El Diario, Infobae, El Pais, CNN and El Confidencial, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Angela Merkel (Germany, Chancellor):

"We are still living at the beginning of the pandemic".

Tedros Adhanom (WHO, Director-General):

"We reiterate our call to all countries not to impose restrictions that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade".

Karl Lauterbach (Germany, MP):

"Death threats to insults of all kinds, some of us have to put up with a lot. Therefore, everyone with a remaining bit of character should stop the online hate speech against virologists, epidemiologists or politicians. It animates people who are unpredictable. Think of our families".

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Italian doctors performed autopsies of COVID-19 victims, disobeying the WHO, and found that a bacterium, treatable with antibiotics - and not a virus - caused their deaths (factcheck, fatabyyano).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 is caused by a bacterium and it can be cured with black seed oil (faktograf).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that drinking warm water with salt kills SARS-CoV-2 (tempocekfakta).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that drinking water with lemon and baking soda kills SARS-CoV-2 and that in Israel, where people have that drink every night, there have not been any coronavirus infections (afpfactual).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Brazilian fact checkers debunk claims from the conspiracy video “Plandemic”, including claims that vaccines have killed millions and claims that the novel coronavirus was created in a laboratory (estadaoverifica).

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28 May 2020