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COVID-19 media surveillance - 5 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 05 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:

  • "COVID-19 can last for several months. The disease’s ‘long-haulers’ have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms – and disbelief from doctors and friends" (theatlantic)
  • "Authors ask to retract study on chloroquine published in the Lancet" (globo)
  • "NHS test-and-trace system 'not fully operational until September'" (theguardian)
  • "Tear gas is way more dangerous than police let on – especially during the coronavirus pandemic" (propublica)
  • "Law enforcement seizes masks meant to protect anti-racist protesters from COVID-19" (huffpost)
  • "Coronavirus likely forced 27 million off their health insurance" (axios)

The hashtag #coronaviruspakistan is on the rise following the surge of cases in Pakistan.

The most mentioned English sources were the Guardian, Huffington Post, the New York Times and the Independent.

El Pais, Clarin, Publico, El Universal and El Comercio, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Extracted Quotes

Joon-wook Kwon  (South Korea, Korea CDC):

"COVID-19 is spreading at various spaces and meetings, such as small religious groups, internet cafes and after-school private academies, in the populated capital region, where there are many people who move around"; "Based on the recent pattern of virus spread, we are concerned about a potential wave of large-scale infections at closed and crowded places".

Taro Aso (Japan, Finance Minister):

"I have received phone calls from overseas asking 'Do you have any drug that only you guys have?' My answer is the level of cultural standard is different, and then they fall silent".

Fact Check

Fact checked: fear-mongering claims

  • Fact checkers debunk a video claiming to show an empty church in Italy after almost all of its congregants died from COVID-19, reporting that the video shows a church in the US state of Mississippi during an online Easter service in April 2020 (afpfactcheck).

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk what deceptively appears to be a tweet by Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli claiming that face masks have been banned in the country (africacheck).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the prolonged use of face masks causes hypoxia, that is, an absence of enough oxygen in the tissues to sustain bodily functions (cocuyochequea).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Italian doctors discovered that COVID-19 is caused by a bacterium - not a virus - and can be cured with antibiotics & anti-inflammatory drugs (thequint).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Brazilian fact checkers debunk a photo showing a woman carrying a body bag with one hand, claiming that “they invent deaths, [...] they steal COVID-19 money, they terrorise the population. And then blame it on Bolsonaro”; the fact checkers 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 (agencialupa).

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