President Trump sent a tweet on Monday 16th March describing the new coronavirus – which causes the disease Covid-19 – as the “Chinese virus”.

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China has reacted angrily, with the foreign ministry in Beijing saying it’s wrong to stigmatise China and that the US should “take care of its own business”.

The first cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.

Last week a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman shared a conspiracy theory, alleging the US Army had brought it to the region.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then demanded China stop spreading “disinformation” saying it was trying to “shift blame” for the outbreak.