CNN Covid-19 article lists S'pore as 'not a country'

Singapore is, in fact, a country.

Jane Zhang | October 07, 2020, 04:16 PM

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On Oct. 7, CNN published an article, "Trump's erratic behavior ignores worsening pandemic and its victims".

The article, which outlined different aspects of U.S. President Donald Trump's "irresponsible approach" toward handling the Covid-19 crisis, also included a list of "key countries" that have reported fewer new cases of Covid-19 than the White House in the 24 hours prior.

Among the countries in the list are Mongolia — with only one reported case in the prior 24 hours — and others such as New Zealand, Djibouti, and Vietnam.

Singapore was also on the list, as there were only seven new cases of Covid-19 infection reported on Monday (Oct. 5).

However, Singapore was puzzlingly indicated to be "not a country".

Here's the list:

Photo screenshot from CNN article.

Singapore is indeed a country, and has been ever since it became an independent republic on Aug. 9, 1965.

Among the countries listed was Sint Maarten, a constituent country located in the Caribbean that is part of the Kingdom of Netherlands.

The list also misspelled Papua New Guinea as Papau New Guinea.

Twitter users point out CNN's mistake

A number of people have taken to Twitter to point out the inaccuracy:

Previously in 2018, the Trump-Kim summit, as well as the release of the movie Crazy Rich Asians, were assumed to put Singapore on the map.

Mothership has reached out to CNN for comment.

As of 8:00pm, CNN has removed the list and added this at the bottom of the article:

"CORRECTION: A chart previously published in this article incorrectly stated Singapore was not a country. The chart has been removed."

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Top photo adapted from screenshots from CNN article and Mike Enerio on Unsplash.