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COVID-19 media surveillance - 15 April 2020

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Apr 15 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:

  • Tax change in coronavirus package overwhelmingly benefits millionaires, congressional body finds (washingtonpost)
  • Coronavirus authoritarianism is getting out of hand (nationalreview)
  • Trump halts World Health Organization funding over handling of coronavirus outbreak (cnn)
  • State Department cables warned of safety issues at Wuhan lab studying bat coronaviruses (washingtonpost)

The hashtags #cancelstudentdebt and #studentdebtstimulus continue to be used amid discussions on student debt in the US (nbcnews).

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Antonio Guterres (United Nations, Secretary General):

"It is my belief that the World Health Organization must be supported, as it is absolutely critical to the world’s efforts to win the war against COVID-19"; "It is also not the time to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health Organization or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus".

Richard Horton (the Lancet, Editor-in-chief):

"President Trump’s decision to defund WHO is simply this—a crime against humanity. Every scientist, every health worker, every citizen must resist and rebel against this appalling betrayal of global solidarity".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear mongering

  • Fact checkers have debunked images claiming to show mass graves for COVID-19 victims in the US – the images are from a television series (teyit).
  • Fact checkers have debunked an image showing people in medical uniforms lying on the floor of a high-tech hospital ward accompanied by the caption “200 doctors and nurses have died in Italy due to coronavirus” - the image is from a television series (indiatoday).
  • Fact checkers have debunked a video claiming to show body bags of COVID-19 victims sprawled on the floor of hospitals in Manila, Madrid, London, etc. (rappler, maldita, fullfact).

Fact checked: spread of the disease

  • Fact checkers have debunked claims that smokers are “protected” against COVID-19 (tjekdet).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers have debunked the new “evidence” emerged in support of the theory that the novel coronavirus was created in a Chinese biolab (open).
  • Fact checkers all over the world have debunked a story, according to which a train car carried COVID-19 (demagog, fakenews).

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