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COVID-19 media surveillance - 7 July 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.
Jul 07 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:

  • "Boris Johnson blames care home owners for deaths from coronavirus" (independent)
  • "Coronavirus epidemic in Mexico could last until March or April: Undersecretary for Health" (reuters)
  • "Fauci says US coronavirus situation is 'really not good' as new cases surge" (cnn)
  • "Trump and Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges" (washingtonpost)
  • "This shady company got a coronavirus relief loan. Its largest shareholder is Brad Parscale. Trump’s campaign manager served on CloudCommerce’s board until late last year. " (motherjones)

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP News, CNN and the Independent.

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

Extracted Quotes

Anthony Fauci (USA, NIAID Director):

"We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline"; "The European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline"; "Now they're having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it's surging back up. So it's a serious situation that we have to address immediately".

Imran Ahmed (UK, CCDH chief executive):

"Our hope for a return to normal life rests with scientists developing a successful vaccine for coronavirus"; "But social media companies’ irresponsible decision to continue to publish anti-vaccine propaganda means a vaccine may not be effective in containing the virus. The price for their greed is a cost paid in lives."

Fact Check

Fact checked: health-related claims

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that hydroxychloroquine prevents patients from developing the worst kind of COVID-19, reporting that there is no scientific evidence that supports that (estadaoverifica).

Fact checked: anti-vax claims

  • Fact checkers debunk an article from the personal website of an Italian journalist claiming that Bill Gates’ COVID-19 vaccine will change a person’s DNA (facta).

Fact checked: conspiracy theories

  • Fact checkers debunk a viral social media post claiming that there is no pandemic and that a virus less deadly than the flu is being used to “enslave humanity with forced vaccines, microchips, and police state surveillance” (aapfactcheck).
  • Italian fact checkers debunk claims that Italian ambulance drivers were ordered to turn on their sirens during the lockdown to simulate that there was a state of emergency and justify the instalment of a “regime of terror” (openfactchecking).

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/jrc/en/file/document/184514EMM COVID-19 media surveillance - 07 July 2020


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