Trump defends calling coronavirus the 'Chinese virus' | Coronavirus pandemic

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"It is very important that we fully protect our Asian American community in the United States and around the world". They are awesome people, and the spreading of the virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form.

"It will do nothing to help the U.S. COVID-19 prevention work and global cooperation in pandemic control", Geng stressed.

As the coronavirus originated in China late past year (2019), before spreading across the world, several right-wing US politicians and commentators, including President Donald Trump, have been repeating the term.

"Instead of using the internationally recognized name of the virus, these officials have adopted names with geographic references, typically referring to its emergence in China", she said.

Trump has repeatedly criticised China and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, but he has been careful to avoid criticisms of its president, Xi Jinping.

Justin and Sophie Trudeau go into self-isolation over COVID-19 concerns
Quebec premier Francois Legault, meanwhile, is asking all people returning from travel overseas to self-isolate for 14 days. Canada announced on Wednesday a C$1bn ($728m; £562m) coronavirus response fund to deal with the pandemic .


Even before Trump's adoption of Chinese virus, Asian Americans had been facing a wave of discrimination, harassment, and violence in response to the epidemic.

At the same time, Trump reportedly insisted that the situation would be back to normal by Easter, despite warnings of health officials.

According to the latest update by the Washington-based John Hopkins University, the USA has so far reported 46,450 coronavirus cases, with 590 deaths. Days later, researchers identified the virus as COVID-19.

Calling the US accusations clumsy slander, Geng stressed China has kept the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant countries and regions, including the United States, updated with its domestic epidemic situation in an open, transparent and responsible manner. It comes from China, that's why. That's why. It comes from China.

Trump last week ratcheted up his rhetoric against China over the coronavirus, saying Beijing should have acted faster to warn the world after the disease outbreak there. So, I just want to make that point, because they're blaming China. Additionally, there were over 46,000 cases of coronavirus nationwide, as of Tuesday morning.

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