The U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Democrats, adopted a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Coronavirus-related manifestations.
The resolution disapproves of “all forms of anti-COVID-19 sentiment,” including expressions such as “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus,” or playing with the word “kung fu,” and a similar-sounding English word for “flu. The resolution also calls on U.S. authorities to condemn the use of such expressions and to take care of the health of all Americans, regardless of their ethnic origin. Parliamentarians separately urged law enforcement agencies to investigate hate crimes motivated by COVID-19.
President Donald Trump has often referred to the coronavirus as a ‘Chinese virus’ in public speeches, accusing China of failing to contain the disease, hiding the facts, and failing to react in a timely manner. China’s authorities have repeatedly stated that they have taken an open and responsible position on the publication of coronavirus epidemic data from the outset.
Republicans were dissatisfied with the resolution, saying that instead of considering issues related to draft laws on aid during the pandemic, Democrats were wasting time adopting non-binding documents.