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COVID-19 media surveillance - 5 November 2020

This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.

COVID-19 media surveillance - 5 November 2020.  Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing clusters of media reports on Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Germany, the UK, Russia, and China
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "Australia has almost eliminated the coronavirus — by putting faith in science" (washingtonpost)
  • "Using Pokémon to Detect Scientific Misinformation. Predatory journals are especially dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic" (thescientist)
  • "All older children and teachers in England must wear face masks at school" (sky)
  • "Vaccine against the coronavirus in Argentina: only 4 out of 10 would agree to be among the first to receive it according to a survey carried out by the University of Belgrano" (clarin)

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

Clarin, El País, El Diario, El Confidencial and Antena3, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk a video by the World Federation of Physicians claiming that the coronavirus is a seasonal virus that can be treated with steroids, hydroxychloroquine and zinc, and it does not, therefore, warrant for further restrictions. Fact checkers report that these claims are not supported by any evidence and go against the official statements of the ECDC (faktograf).
  • Croatian fact checkers debunk claims that those who agree to take the COVID-19 vaccine will have their debts written off, while those who do not will be placed under house arrest or in isolation facilities (faktograf).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that some mouthwashes could help curb coronavirus, reporting that there is currently no scientific evidence demonstrating that these products can reduce person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 (healthfeedback).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the pandemic is a hoax and will end a day after the US presidential election (politifact).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the German Bundestag has planned the coronavirus pandemic since 2012 based on an old risk analysis titled “Pandemic by Virus: Modi-SARS”. Fact checkers note that while the risk analysis is real, it does not mention the novel coronavirus (afpfaktencheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the Ministry of Health of Ecuador stated that COVID-19 is caused by a bacteria amplified by 5G electromagnetic radiation (maldita).

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Publication date
6 November 2020