Referring to Coronavirus, Donald Trump said that the people of the world are paying for what they (China) did. He added that the pandemic could have been stopped in China itself it was not involved in the ‘misinformation campaign’. Complete Coverage: Coronavirus
Crux of the Matter
No New Cases from China Cases of Coronavirus are rising rapidly outside of China. The number of positive cases across the world has crossed 2,50,000 and the death toll has crossed the 10,000-mark. The death toll in Italy crossed China’s death toll. China did not report any new homegrown cases on March 18, 2020, but had 34 cases of people from abroad.
Trump Doubling Down on China Two US Senators have tested positive for Coronavirus. To combat the virus and the slowing American economy, Trump announced a multi-billion dollar package. People who are in quarantine will be provided with paid sick leave, said Trump. The aid package also offers free coronavirus testing. US economy has taken a serious hit as the Federal Reserve was required to slash interest rates to 0-0.25%, a rate observed last during the Global Financial Crisis 2008-09. US Benchmark Stock Index Dow Jones has plunged nearly 30%.
Donald Trump called the Coronavirus ‘a Chinese Virus’ in his speech. The Chinese government and many others have criticised him for this and termed it as ‘racist’. He said that the American officials would have been able to act quickly on the pandemic if China had shared complete information on the virus. He added that the virus could have been stopped where it came from.
It must be noted that Dr. Li Wenliang who was the first one to break the news of the spread of a potential SARS-like virus, was arrested by the Chinese government. He later succumbed to death due to Coronavirus.
Censorship in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is implemented or mandated by the PRC’s ruling party, the Communist Party of China (CPC). The government maintains censorship over all media capable of reaching a wide audience. This includes television, print media, radio, film, theater, text messaging, instant messaging, video games, literature, and the Internet. Chinese officials have access to uncensored information via an internal document system. More Info