In addition to the rising tide of xenophobia, there is a sea of speculation and misinformation. Many columns in leading publications have sacrificed the most fundamental journalistic principle of reporting the truth in favour of spreading rumour and baseless speculation.
Mr Walsh didn’t visit Hubei Province, the centre of the epidemic, or even China. Rather he caught the coronavirus in a country which both Australia and the US have deemed safe to travel to. So, what is the point of travel bans on China?
In this week’s addition, the team has focused on five claims being spread across the internet, including whether the virus was a leaked bio-weapon, the effectiveness of travel bans, potential vaccines and more.
Such cooperation and commitment as witnessed by China and the international community is reassuring. It underscores the fact that in our globalized world, the challenges we face are often global, and as such, require a global unified response.
Their decisions have caused an embarrassed and bruised US administration into a re-think in strategy. No longer able to demand allies such as the UK to follow its own position, the US is now targeting Huawei’s biggest competitors to try and bring it down.
Just as the WHO said, “the main reason for this declaration is not because what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries.”
Though small pockets of racism and discrimination are growing on the fringes of society, many more people around the world are condemning such behaviour and standing in solidarity with the people of China in their battle against coronavirus.
In the interest of “facts not fear”, China Focus has scoured social media accounts and reports to find some of the most dubious claims currently parading as facts, in an effort to debunk untruths surrounding the coronavirus.
To combat the growing epidemic, China’s Central Government has announced an additional 11.21 billion yuan (US$1.616) for public health service and epidemic prevention.
Given the rich commercial opportunities available during this time of year, international brands have increasingly looked to capitalize on the holiday, with companies such as Apple, Burberry and football giant Manchester United over the years releasing Spring Festival inspired products and advertisements to coincide with the celebration.