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.
- USA: The US economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; number of US cases approaching two million
- Brazil stops releasing Covid-19 death toll and wipes data from official site
- UK records 77 deaths, lowest since lockdown began; UK coronavirus victims have lain undetected at home for two weeks
- Spain’s regions report 2,053 new cases in a week, up 87 from day before; Andalusia, Aragón, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Galicia, Murcia, Navarre, the Basque Country and La Rioja will allow free movement from today
- Italy reports 53 new deaths and 197 new cases on Sunday
- France: The number of hospitalized patients continues to decline, with 12,461 patients in France
- German new cases fall, infection rate back above key threshold
- Belgium: 122 new cases and 23 hospital admissions
- Luxembourg records four new coronavirus cases, only 30 active infections remain
- Russia's coronavirus deaths approach 6,000
- Mexico stays on maximum virus alert entering second week of 'new normal'
- India's worst-hit state of Maharashtra now has more cases than the whole of China
- Singapore: Half of Singapore's new cases are symptomless according to taskforce head
- Iran won't curb businesses as infections rose to 171,789 cases
- Pakistan cases pass 100,000
- New Zealand to lift all restrictions as it declares itself virus-free
- South Korea: new cluster of infections trouble health authorities amid drop in daily infection rate
- Japan: Tokyo confirms 13 new infections for eighth day of double-digit rate
- China: Hubei province reports no new COVID-19 cases while 121 asymptomatic cases are still under observation according to the provincial health commission
The following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:
- "[Brazilian] Ministry of Health platforms no longer present data on deaths and infections" (globo)
- "Latin America is losing the battle against the coronavirus" (cnn)
- "The Brexit crisis led to totally incompetent leadership at a time of unprecedented calamity. Now we are paying for it" (independent)
- "Florida sets new single-day record for coronavirus cases since reopening economy, over 4,000 in three days" (newsweek)
- "As Trump touts increased production, coronavirus swabs made during his Maine factory tour will be tossed in the trash" (usatoday)
A high number of tweets with Covid-19 related hashtags also mentions hashtags associated with #blacklivesmatter and #georgefloyd.
The most mentioned English sources were USA Today, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent and Forbes.
El Pais, Infobae, la Republica, RT (Spanish version), El Diario and la Vanguardia, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.
Paulo Câmara (Brazil, Governor of Pernambuco state):
"You can’t face a pandemic without science, transparency and action"; "Manipulation, omission and disrespect are the striking marks of authoritarian administrations. But this won’t destroy the effort of the whole nation. We will continue producing, systematising and releasing the data".
Fact checked: downplaying COVID-19
- Fact checkers debunk claims that a secret report prepared by a scientific group appointed by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior calls the pandemic a “false alarm”, reporting that the document in question is not from the Interior Ministry, but was drafted by a former Ministry employee and reflects his personal views (factcheck).
Fact checked: conspiracy theories
- Fact checkers debunk claims that the President of Madagascar said that the WHO is trying to poison their plant-based “cure” for COVID-19 (afpchecamos).
- Fact checkers debunk a viral video claiming that circuit boards with "COV-19" inscribed on them are being fitted to 5G towers, reporting that the featured equipment is an old TV component unrelated to 5G technology (boomlive).
- Fact checkers debunk a photo showing a woman carrying a body bag with one hand, claiming to prove that “false deaths” were used to inflate COVID-19 numbers; they report that the photo is from a protest against the mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis in the US, in which the bags were supposed to represent COVID-19 deaths (afpfactuel).
Fact checkers debunk claims that Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tasuku Honjo said SARS-CoV-2 is not natural and originated in a Wuhan lab (agencialupa).
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- Publication date
- 8 June 2020