Donald Trump Defends "Chinese-Virus" Comment, Says "Very Accurate"

Thursday, 19 Mar, 2020

It also said it found 12 new imported cases from overseas, raising the number of cases to 155.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan in China.

As of Tuesday, 13 new cases and 11 new deaths were registered.

The NHC figures showed that 69,601 infected patients were cured and discharged from hospital. "Actually, China and Italy are sharing the same fate and showing what global solidarity really means".

Moments before telling the country that the USA and Canada had made a decision to temporarily close the world's longest border to non-essential traffic, Trump was tweeting about his approval rating and bashing the news media that his administration is relying on to share its warnings about the virus.

Trump, who referred to the disease as the "Chinese virus" in one of a series of tweets, shed no light on the development to be disclosed.

He noted that the World Health Organization has cautioned against using geographic descriptors because it leads to ethnic discrimination.

What are China-US relations like now?

Right now, he said, China has been sending the USA everything it needs. He, once again, entered a war of words with China.

"China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus", Trump tweeted on January 27.

China and the United States have repeatedly clashed recently over major issues like trade tariffs, Chinese mobile company Huawei and China's treatment of Uighur Muslims.

John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said Trump's comments were reminiscent of the late 1800s, when Chinese Americans were deemed the "yellow peril", despite living in the United States for years.

"The World Health Organisation and the global community are clearly opposed to linking viruses to specific countries and regions and to stigmatising them", Geng said.

Yang called on the USA side to "correct its wrongful behaviour".

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Pakistan's President Arif Alvi.

The US and China have sparred over the origin of the virus for days, with a Chinese official promoting conspiracy theories claiming it was brought to China by the US army and Beijing accusing American officials of stigmatizing an entire nation. Following his "Chinese virus" tweets, he was rebuked by many within the USA, with some concerned that the words could harm Asian Americans.

China, which has been at pains to emphasize that the origins of the coronavirus remain unconfirmed, said it was "strongly indignant" about the phrasing of the USA president's tweet.

Trump also blamed China for "putting out information which was false - that our military gave this to them". It did come from China, so I believe it is a very correct time period.

"Because it comes from China", Trump responded.

On Monday, he said of the press, "I think a lot of the media actually has been very fair".

"I did not appreciate the fact that China was saying our military gave it to them".

As of Tuesday, more than 197,000 coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide, and at least 7,900 people have died in total. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

The fast-spreading disease that jumped from animals to humans in China has now infected over 200,000 people and caused almost 8,500 deaths in 164 nations, triggering emergency lockdowns and injections of cash unseen since World War Two.