Trump under fire for calling COVID-19 ‘Chinese virus’

US President Donald Trump has found himself being dragged on Twitter after calling the raging coronavirus the Chinese virus.

Trump had in a broadcast last week called the virus a foreign virus and merely stepped up his characterisation with the new label.

“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!”, Trump tweeted late on Monday.

The tweet enraged not just Chinese Twitterati, but fellow Americans. However, Trump also had supporters, who praised him for calling the virus what it is.

Here are some of the reactions:

The World Health Organisation on 11 February renamed coronavirus COVID-19.

WHO announced the new name on its tweeter handle at @WHO that “we now have a name for 2019nCov disease.

“The new name is COVID-19.The CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease.”

The UN health agency said it coined a name that does not refer to a geographical location, animals, an individual or a group of people.

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