Donald Trump has been criticised for referring to the coronavirus as “the Chinese virus” on Twitter.
The US president had been posting updates on the country’s response to the pandemic but his phrasing led to him being accused of “showing his true racist colours”.
The tweet read: “The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus.
“We will be stronger than ever before!”
While some Twitter users praised the president’s measures, many were angered.
Actress and model Mia Farrow responded: “It’s called the Coronavirus and its now as American as apple pie so stop racist comments.”
And Political commentator Edward Hardy wrote: “Donald Trump is showing his true, racist colours by calling it the "Chinese Virus”
“It's not the "Chinese Virus". It's a global pandemic”
However, some were supportive of the president's comment.
One person wrote "It originiated in China. It's the #ChineseVirus #WuhanVirus so stop being stupid".
Another said: "Chinese Virus indeed! We trust your judgement President Trump!"
Coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the beginning of the year but since then it has spread across the world, claiming thousands of lives.
Countries across the globe are shutting borders, closing schools and banning mass gatherings and sporting events.
Earlier this month Mr Trump imposed a travel ban on incoming flights from 26 European countries, which was then extended to include the UK and Ireland - those returning from abroad encountered chaotic airport health screenings.
The country has also recommended capping social gatherings at 10 people.
Meanwhile in the UK, Boris Johnson has urged against all “non-essential” travel and contact with others.
People are being asked to work from home and those with symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days.
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