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US President Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on calling the coronavirus spreading rapidly across the world the “Chinese Virus,” despite protests from Beijing.

“It did come from China, so I think it’s very accurate,” Trump told a news conference, defending tweets in which he used the label for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Trump indicated that another motive was payback for what he said was China’s disinformation campaign blaming the US military for the virus.

“China was putting out information which was false,” he said.

“I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody.”

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The two countries have sparred over the origin of the virus for days, with a Chinese official promoting conspiracy theories claiming it was brought to China by the US army and Beijing accusing American officials of stigmatizing an entire nation.

In his original tweet on Monday, Trump described US airlines and other industries being “particularly affected by the Chinese Virus.”

Earlier Tuesday, he tweeted that some US states were “being hit hard by the Chinese Virus.”

Trump’s allies had previously referred to the pandemic as the “Chinese coronavirus”, but Beijing said Tuesday it was “strongly indignant” over the phrase, which it called “a kind of stigmatization”.

The United States should “immediately stop its unjustified accusations against China,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters.

A commentary by the official Xinhua news agency said using “racist and xenophobic names to cast blame for the outbreak on other countries can only reveal politicians’ irresponsibility and incompetence which will intensify virus fears.”

The war of words reignited diplomatic tensions between the two countries, which have tussled over trade and other disputes since Trump took office.

Trump’s comments were also criticized inside the United States, with warnings it could incite a backlash against the Asian-American community.

“Our Asian-American communities — people YOU serve — are already suffering. They don’t need you fuelling more bigotry,” tweeted New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose state is one of the hardest-hit by the virus in the country.

The World Health Organisation said more cases and deaths had been reported in the rest of the world than in China.

The new coronavirus was first detected late last year, with China’s own health officials initially saying its source was a live animal market in the central city of Wuhan, whose government had initially tried to cover up the outbreak.

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But China has sought to distance itself from the virus, saying the origin is still unknown, while seeking global goodwill by offering aid to countries facing serious outbreaks.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a phone call he initiated with top Chinese official Yang Jiechi, voiced anger that Beijing has used official channels “to shift blame for COVID-19 to the United States”, the State Department said.

Pompeo “stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumours, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat”, the department added.

The State Department on Friday summoned the Chinese ambassador, Cui Tiankai, to denounce Beijing’s promotion of a conspiracy theory that had gained wide attention on social media.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian suggested on Twitter last week that “patient zero” in the global pandemic may have come from the United States.

“It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation,” tweeted Zhao, who is known for his provocative statements on social media.

Pompeo himself has sought to link China to the global pandemic, repeatedly referring to the “Wuhan virus” despite advice from health professionals that such geographic labels can be stigmatising.

Yang issued a “stern warning to the United States that any scheme to smear China will be doomed to fail”, Xinhua said in its summary of the call with Pompeo.

The key Chinese foreign policy leader “noted that some US politicians have frequently slandered China and its anti-epidemic efforts and stigmatized the country, which has enraged the Chinese people”, Xinhua said.

Yang called on the US side to “correct its wrongful behaviour”.

Trump is under fire over his handling of the pandemic, and his backers have sought to cast the coronavirus as a disease brought by foreigners.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton, a Trump ally, has spoken of the “Chinese coronavirus” and in a recent statement vowed, “we will hold accountable those who inflicted it on the world”.

While Covid-19 has largely come under control in China, it has killed more than 7,000 people around the world and severely disrupted daily life in Western countries.

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Revealed! Why Mercy Kyallo missed Betty’s salon relaunch and Ivanna’s birthday

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Betty Kyallo’s younger sister, Mercy Kyallo raised eyebrows after failing to attend her niece Ivanna’s birthday as well as the star-studded Flair by Betty re-launch.

It struck the attention of many that the the second daughter, in the family of three girls and one boy conspicuously failed to appear in both major events that went down in June.

Speculations were that these two elder sisters were beefing, mostly pegged on their harsh encounter early this year regards Ivanna’s medical condition that Dennis Okari supposedly dodged.

Dennis Okari and Betty Kyallo with their daughter, Ivanna

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Mercy explains

Well, Mercy has finally come public about why she never stood to be counted at Betty’s major recent celebrations.

I was not able to come. But at the same time, support is given and support is shown in so many different ways especially in the family dynamic. I know our lives are very public and there is so much that goes on away from the public eye and people never know.

Sisters, Mercy and Betty Kyallo

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Speaking regards her brawl with Betty’s baby daddy, Dennis Okari early this year, Mercy was keen to confess that it has been a while since she talked to him but clarifying that everything has since settled.

Well, I haven’t spoken to him in such a long time. But there is no bad blood. I’m happy to see him in our lives and the life of his child and it is obviously so encouraging and beautiful.

Also read: Betty Kyallo and Jalango’s hot screen chemistry during her salon re-launch raises eyebrows (Photos)

Mercy Kyallo and Dennis Okari

Wrapping it up, the entrepreneur was quick to affirm that despite the rough times a family might face, they will always find common ground and move on.

The good thing with family is that you always find a way to hold each other’s hands. Forgive each other and cry with each other and encourage one another.


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Is Mutala the Voice Nadia Mukami’s ex?

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BY YUSUF JUMA

Nadia Mukami’s past romance has been unravelled after a 2016 video emerged on instagram.

The video is fuelling speculation that she once dated Mutala Mukosia, a renowned voice actor.

The video that is posted on Mutala’s Instagram page, shows Nadia who at the time was known as Nadia Faith is heard belting out a romantic tune by Juliana Kanyomozi’s ‘Usiende Mbali’.

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Mutala
Mutala the Voice

Recently Nadia came out to deny that she has dated fellow artiste Arrow Bwoy and that they broke it of.

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“I FEEL LIKE MY EARLY TWENTIES SHOULD BE MY BUILDING YEARS, A RELATIONSHIP RIGHT NOW CAN BE A DISTRACTION
WHEN YOU ARE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SOMETIMES PEOPLE WANT TO DATE YOU FOR THE WRONG REASONS
IT’S HARD TO FIND A GOOD GUY, PEOPLE ASSUME AM RICH. THERE IS A DAY WE WENT OUT ON A DATE AND WHEN IT WAS TIME TO PAY THE GUY GAVE ME THE BILL AND I HAD TO PAY.”

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When called for comment, Mutala, who voices in four languages (English, Swahili, French Luhya and Gisu) has however remained tight lipped over his past relationship with Nadia.

A friend who knows them from those early days says, “Nadia appeared to have ended the relationship after she made it in music.”

Mutala who has voiced 153 Swahili Bollywood movies and series says he has no Ill feelings and still supports Nadia’s music.

Check out the video.

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The Full Scale of The Bloodbath at NMG #Day 2

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Presenter Ken Mijungu among axed employees. NMG Editorial Department trimmed to razor thin workforce

The post The Full Scale of The Bloodbath at NMG #Day 2 appeared first on Business Today Kenya.

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