According to US President Donald Trump, China has falsely accused the US military of spreading the coronavirus, so he will call COVID-19 “the Chinese virus.” The Foreign Ministry of China claims that the use of such a term defames the country.
Coronavirus, which has spread around the world, should be called the “Chinese virus,” US President Donald Trump said at a March 17 briefing. It is reported by CNN.
According to the head of the White House, this is a “very accurate definition” because the infection came from China.
Trump accused China of spreading false rumors that the US military was involved in the outbreak. He said that he would not argue, but instead would use the phrase “Chinese virus.”
Earlier, the US president has already used this phrase in his tweets.
On March 17, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Geng Shuang protested at the briefing that the country was mentioned in this context.
“The World Health Organization and the international community are opposed to intentionally linking the virus to specific countries or regions, which is a form of bullying. We urge the United States to immediately correct its mistake and stop making unreasonable charges against China,” said Geng Shuang.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11 World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
In China since flash 81 077 cases of the disease, 3218 people died.
In total, according to the WHO, 184 976 people fell ill in the world, 7529 died.