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COVID-19 media surveillance - 26 May 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.
May 26 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "González Laya asks the EU for common rules for opening borders" (elpais)
  • "Vox falls in all the polls despite making noise in the street, the institutions and the courts" (eldiario)
  • "Derry man jailed after driving 280 miles to Kerry to buy puppies" (belfasttelegraph)
  • "All non-essential retail shops can reopen in England from 15 June, Johnson says" (sky)
  • "UK hospital closes A&E and no longer accepting new patients" (independent)
  • "NHS doctor threatens to resign if Dominic Cummings does not" (sky)
  • "Trump tweets and golfs, but makes no mention of virus’s toll" (nytimes)
  • "A man coughed on a Wegmans employee. Now he’s charged with a felony." (nytimes)
  • "Migrant on Shramik Express dies hungry" (telegraphindia)

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Michael Ryan (WHO, Executive Director):

"Right now, we’re not in the second wave. We’re right in the middle of the first wave globally"; "We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up".

Arancha González Laya (Spain, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation):

"We want to make sure that people come from safe countries, but also that there is a European definition of what a safe country is. We want common controls and rules".

Fact Check

Fact checked: health claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that inhaling steam with turmeric, epper, lemon, ginger and basil will kill the virus (vishvasnews).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that asymptomatic coronavirus carriers are not contagious (open).

Fact checked: anti-vax claims

  • Fact checkers debunk a YouTube video in which an alleged doctor claims that the COVID-19 vaccine will alter the human genetic code (stopfake).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 is part of a plan concocted by the world elites to vaccinate and control the world population and that Italian doctors performed autopsies of COVID-19 victims, disobeying the WHO, and found that a bacterium, treatable with antibiotics - and not a virus - caused their deaths (indiatoday).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 is part of a plan to vaccinate and control the world population through artificial intelligence, with COVID allegedly standing for “certificate of vaccination identification” and 19 indicating respectively the first and the ninth letters of the alphabet: AI (facta).
  • Fact checkers debunk social media posts claiming that The Washington Post has reported that patient zero was a worker at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (observador).

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/jrc/en/file/document/183990EMM COVID-19 media surveillance - 26 May 2020

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