US President Donald Trump has finally reacted to China by using the term “Chinese Virus” for the first time when referring to COVID-19 outbreak, which originated from Wuhan China, in a tweet on Monday night.
“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before,” he said.
Trumps comments came after Chinese government official Lijian Zhao has openly spread conspiracy theories where he accused the US army of bringing the COVID-19 to the Chinese city, Wuhan.
“CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in US? How many are infected? What are the names of hospitals? It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent,” he said.
Trump’s reference to global COVID-19 outbreak as “Chinese Virus” might escalate a deepening US-China diplomatic confrontation over the disease.
World Health Organization (WHO) has however advised against terms that link the virus to Wuhan, China where it was first reported, in order to avoid discrimination and stigmatisation.