The Coronavirus Collection: International Response

The novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, and spread to other parts of China and the rest of the world from there. Snopes fact-checks the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

12 Articles
  • Published 16 March 2020
12 Articles

As COVID-19 spread from China to the rest of the world in early 2020, rumors emerged about how various countries were (or weren’t) coping with the pandemic. 

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Is China Building a Hospital in 10 Days to Treat Coronavirus Patients?

Millions of people are quarantined in China to prevent the spread of the virus.

Does Video Show Guns, Violence in Aftermath of Coronavirus Outbreak in China?

Speculation does not equal evidence.

China’s Official Newspaper Mislabels Video Footage in Coronavirus Coverage

A People's Daily video claiming to show "full-front disinfection work" in Wuhan included footage taken at an airport in Taiwan.

Is China Seeking Approval to Kill 20,000 Coronavirus Patients?

A disreputable website spread unfounded claims in the wake of a new coronavirus outbreak.

Do Sulfur Emissions from Wuhan, China, Point to Mass Cremation of Coronavirus Victims?

A data map that appeared in a popular Twitter thread did not show what some people claimed.

Did Millions of Canceled Cellphones Reveal Unreported Coronavirus Deaths in China?

American intelligence agencies have concluded that the Chinese government itself does not know the true death toll from the coronavirus.

Did Kim Jong Un Order North Korea’s First Coronavirus Patient To Be Executed?

Rumors from North Korea are notoriously difficult to fact check.

Did a Doctor in Italy Warn Coronavirus Wasn’t Just a ‘Bad Flu’?

Physician: "The situation is now nothing short of dramatic. No other words come to mind."

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Did Italy Confirm Almost 200 Coronavirus Deaths in 24 Hours?

As of early March 2020, Italy had seen the worst COVID-19 outbreak outside Asia.

Has Italy Stopped Treating the Elderly in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

A viral social media post claimed Italian doctors were not treating older patients with coronavirus due to "socialized medicine."

Did Dolphins and Swans ‘Return’ to Italian Waterways Amid COVID-19 Lockdown?

A few wildlife sightings were excitedly shared across social media as a note of sunny news amid the bleak reality of the coronavirus pandemic.

Did Chinese Doctors Confirm African People Are Genetically Resistant to Coronavirus?

Misinformation about the coronavirus outbreak seems to have traveled farther than the virus itself.