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It's the 'coronavirus,' not the 'Chinese virus,' but Trump is right: China made it worse

Added 03-20-20 08:11:02pm EST - “President Trump has taken pains over the past week to link the coronavirus outbreak to China, calling it the "Chinese virus" at daily briefings over objections that doing so unfairly stigmatizes an entire nation, and might encourage…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “It's the 'coronavirus,' not the 'Chinese virus,' but Trump is right: China made it worse”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump has taken pains over the past week to link the coronavirus outbreak to China, calling it the “Chinese virus” at daily briefings over objections that doing so unfairly stigmatizes an entire nation and might encourage hostility toward Asian-Americans.

He calls the virus that, he said, “because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate,” Trump replied.

While the Trump administration has been criticized for its response to the pandemic, especially delays in making tests available for the virus, Trump was correct that the virus originated in China, and that the Chinese government bears some responsibility for its spread by hiding and then minimizing the outbreak.

Trump also correctly pointed out that a Chinese government official tried to blame the U.S. for the outbreak.

The virus appears to have originated at Huanan live-animal market in Wuhan. Of the first 41 people infected with the virus, 27 had gone to the market, which sells and kills animals, some of them wild, for consumption, Vox reported. In 2002, officials traced the outbreak of the SARS virus to a market in southern China that also sold live, wild animals for food.

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