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COVID-19 media surveillance - 10 June 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.
Jun 10 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:

  • "WHO walks back comments on asymptomatic coronavirus spread, says much is still unknown" (cnbc)
  • "With strict medical protocol, Cuba says it is close to controlling the spread of the new coronavirus" (globo)
  • "Colombia's largest cocaine cargo amid pandemic. The Anti-Narcotics Police seized about 5 tons of cocaine in the port of Buenaventura" (eltiempo)
  • "How the coronavirus handed the GOP new ways to squash the vote. Postal balloting faces an unprecedented test – and Republicans are setting it up to fail" (motherjones)
  • "Fauci: Coronavirus is a ‘nightmare’ and it ‘isn’t over yet’" (axios)
  • "Coronavirus hospitalizations rise sharply in several states following Memorial Day" (washingtonpost)
  • "Texas reports record number of coronavirus hospitalizations weeks after reopening" (thehill)

The hashtag #asymptomatic was trending following WHO’s press conference on Monday (npr).

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

El Pais, Infobae, RT (Spanish version) and el Confidencial, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Ehsan Mostafavi (Iran, member of task force):

"About 15 million Iranians may have experienced being infected with this virus since the outbreak began".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear-mongering claims

  • Fact checkers debunk a video showing people lying unconscious on the road, claiming to show COVID-19 victims. They report that the video shows a gas leak incident and has nothing to do with the coronavirus (altnews).

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that cocaine kills the coronavirus (faktograf).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that after Brazil’s Ministry of Health began recommending the use of chloroquine in mild cases of COVID-19, the number of recovered patients increased (bol).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a new study shows that 5G technology plays a role in the coronavirus pandemic (correctiv).
  • 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).

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