US State Dept points ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory

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{A photograph} of President Trump’s notes from Thursday’s information briefing on coronavirus on the White House exhibits the phrase “corona” was crossed out in black ink and changed with “Chinese.”

Trump opened the briefing and referred to COVID-19 as “the Chinese Virus.” Trump was initially very complimentary of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s handling of the outbreak, but in recent days he has taken to calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.” 

After consulting with medical consultants, and receiving steering from the World Health Organization, CNN has decided that that identify is each inaccurate and is taken into account stigmatizing. 

Trump has claimed that he’s utilizing the time period as a result of China tried accountable the virus on US troopers. He has denied that it was a racist time period to make use of.

Some background: CNN beforehand reported {that a} distinguished Chinese official has promoted a conspiracy concept that the US army may have introduced the novel coronavirus to China — and it didn’t originate within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan.

Parts of Chinese social media, and even the nation’s authorities, seem to have launched a concerted marketing campaign to query the origin of the novel coronavirus, which has contaminated greater than 170,000 folks globally as of Tuesday noon, based on CNN’s case tracker.

The first reported instances of the virus had been in Wuhan, and scenes from the town on lockdown shocked the world. The lockdown gave an early indication for the way significantly international authorities would wish to fight the fast-spreading virus.

“Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity or the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank,” stated Dr. Mike Ryan, government director of the World Health Organization well being emergencies program. “It’s really important that we be careful in the language we use.”

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