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Russia is spreading coronavirus alarm

Posted by / February 24, 2020

Russian-linked social media accounts are spreading rumors that the U.S. created the coronavirus as an act of biological warfare meant to destabilize the Chinese economy.

That is, of course, not true. The coronavirus originated in China, either from a live animal market or a laboratory.

Last week, an 80-year-old man from Hubei, China died in France. His is the first death in Europe and only the third outside China.

U.S. citizen died in Wuhan, which is apparently the first foreign death from the virus. The virus is still spreading around the world––five British citizens have caught the virus at a French ski resort in the most recent outbreak.

The people of China have taken to the internet––the only place they can safely protest––to express their anger and frustration at the death of Li Wenliang, the doctor who tried to warn the world of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Chinese government is now threatening to throw people in jail if they criticize its handling of the coronavirus. The government has also been accused to burning bodies to keep the extent of the viral spread secret. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has declared the spread of coronavirus a world emergency.

Russia is working hard to destabilize the western world on multiple fronts. Government officials have warned Sanders that Russians are interfering in the primaries on his behalf. Sanders has condemned any Russian interference in the election, even if it benefits him––unlike Donald Trump, who seems to have welcomed Russian interference.

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