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COVID-19 media surveillance - 27 May 2020

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media reports showing large clusters of media reports
May 27 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:

  • "Twitter labels Trump tweets as ‘potentially misleading’ for the first time" (theverge)
  • "Coronavirus 'disappearing' so fast Oxford vaccine has 'only 50% chance of working'. Professor Adrian Hill describes the efforts to create a vaccine as a "race against the virus disappearing, and against time" (sky)
  • "Despite the hype, Gilead’s remdesivir will do nothing to end the coronavirus pandemic" (theintercept)
  • "UK's daily death rate is now the highest in the world. More than 500 in every million people in the UK have now died from Covid-19" (theindependent)
  • "A 2019 Dominic Cummings blog post was recently edited to explicitly mention a coronavirus" (fullfact)
  • "Colombia’s government is using the coronavirus to weaken the historic peace agreement" (washingtonpost)

The hashtags #dominiccummings, #cummings and #booforboris keep trending due to the ongoing reporting on Dominic Cummings’ behaviour during quarantine.

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

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

Extracted Quotes

Carissa Etienne (Pan American Health Organization, Director):

"We are particularly concerned that the number of new cases reported last week in Brazil was the highest for a seven-day period, since the outbreak began. Both Peru and Chile are also reporting a high incidence"; "Now is not the time to relax restrictions or scale back preventive strategies. Now is the time to stay strong, remain vigilant and aggressively implement proven public health measures".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear-mongering claims

  • Fact checkers debunk photographs claiming to show COVID-19 victims on the street in Nicaragua, reporting that while the photos are from Nicaragua, they show people who died of other causes and a man who did not die, but fell asleep (afpfactual).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that China and Japan re-entered strict lockdowns in mid-May 2020 following a "second wave" of coronavirus (boomlive).

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk a video claiming that PCR tests cannot detect the novel coronavirus, clarifying that PCR tests can determine the presence of the virus at the time of the disease (stopfake).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that according to an Italian doctor, asymptomatic coronavirus carriers are not contagious (facta).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the TV show “The Dead Zone” had predicted the coronavirus outbreak (faktograf).

Fact checkers point out that Dominic Cummings’ blog was edited on 14 April 2020 to make it look like he warned people about coronavirus in 2019 (fullfact).

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