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COVID-19 media surveillance - 1 October 2020

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Oct 01 2020

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.



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

  • "Study finds ‘single largest driver’ of coronavirus misinformation: Trump. Cornell University researchers analyzing 38 million English-language articles about the pandemic found that President Trump was the largest driver of the ‘infodemic.’" (nytimes)
  • "Moderna CEO says its coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until spring of next year" (cbsnews)
  • "Elon Musk says he won’t take coronavirus vaccine, calls Bill Gates a ‘knucklehead’" (nypost)
  • "The Covid-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history" (washingtonpost)
  • "Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings" (nytimes)
  • "Redfield voices alarm over influence of Trump's new coronavirus task force adviser. CDC Director Robert Redfield took aim at Covid-19 task force member Scott Atlas, telling a colleague in an overheard call that ‘everything he says is false’." (nbcnews)

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

El Diario, El Plural, ABC, RT (Spanish Version) and El País, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk what purports to be an NHS infographic showing that COVID-19 does not exist, reporting that it is not a genuine NHS graphic and it contains inaccurate information that contradicts NHS coronavirus guidance (checkyourfact).
  • Fact checkers debunk a social media post claiming that in the UK, the coronavirus killed 9 people out of 66.6 million “yesterday” while obesity kills 82 people per day, reporting that the last time the COVID-19 death toll was nine was on 9 September, but it has risen since then and at its peak, more than 1,000 people were dying daily (fullfact).
  • Fact checkers debunk Italian MP Sara Cunial’s claim that the flu vaccine increases the risk of contracting COVID-19, reporting that the study she cites has been debunked by other fact checkers (open,
  • Fact checkers debunk social media posts claiming that the influenza vaccine Fluzone is more deadly than COVID-19, warning that the posts contain misinterpreted immunisation data (afpfactcheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk a video in which a man claims to be an engineer who worked on the development of a microchip which will be part of the vaccine, reporting that while the title of the video talks about a COVID-19 vaccine, the video is old and it has been altered (dubawa).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that in Australia, those who do not take the COVID-19 vaccine will have to abide by a series of restrictions, including no overseas travel, no restaurants, no welfare payments and so on, reporting that the Ministry of Health denies it will take any such measures (fatabyyano).

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