According to an article of The New York Times, “New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travellers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia.”
The article details a number of recent studies that claim that viruses found in the United States “were practically identical to viruses found around Europe.”
Expressly or unintentionally confusing between “the virus originated in Europe” and “the viruses found in the United States came from Europe”, President Donald Trump quickly jumped at the chance to accuse the New York Times of spreading fakes news.
Many media accuse the American president of having taken a long time before taking rigorous measures against the spread of the disease and, also, of having privileged the economic aspect over the health of Americans.
In addition, the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis is criticized, including on how to deal with China. For several weeks, in a climate of a trade war with China, a media campaign has compared the Covid-19 to a Chinese disease; which does not fail to exacerbate the tensions between Americans and Chinese.
In a tweet dated April 7, Donald Trump even accuses the WHO of being a “very China-centric” organization and of having given a “faulty recommendation” by advising to keep “borders open to China.”
For many observers, the current tensions between the United States and China do not enable an effective fight against the spread of Covid-19 in the world. Neither do the U.S President’s tweets.