According to the WHO, the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating, reaching new infection records, but is media coverage increasing as cases go up?
The timeline below shows the total number of mentions of the pandemic since the start of last year across television news, showing that mentions have continued to fade since the start of the year, even as the pandemic has accelerated. It is also clear that the BBC has covered the pandemic considerably more than its American peers.
Mentions of vaccination have remained relatively stable, rather than increasing as vaccination accelerates across the world. Once again, the BBC has covered it more than American channels.
Worldwide online news coverage of the pandemic has also begun to fade this year.
CNN's once-ubiquitous Covid-19 dashboard, largely phased out since the start of this year, has also begun to steadily fade.