Is it Racist to Blame Chinese for COVID-19?



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A poll was conducted by Essential Media on behalf of the Asian Australian Alliance during early August.

1,010 people were asked if they agreed with this statement…

Most COVID-19 cases were brought to Australia by Chinese people.

53% said that was not true.
16% said they were not sure.
?? % said it was ‘probably’ true.
?? % said it was ‘definitely’ true.

Those that said it was either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ true add up to 31%.

A Media report headlined these results with the words “Australians blame coronavirus pandemic on Chinese community”, with “fresh calls to do more to combat racism linked to the coronavirus pandemic”.

People’s answers were probably related to the Media taking about how the virus began in China, and how COVID-19 was brought to Australia from China.


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Most people in the world agree that COVID-19 originated in China, and was transmitted worldwide by travellers from Wuhan, China.

I am not sure these 311 people are being racist when they say that they feel the virus probably came from Chinese people arriving in Australia from China.

First COVID-19 case in Australia.

The first confirmed case in Australia was identified on 25 January 2020, in Victoria. The man, from Wuhan, flew to Melbourne from Guangdong, China on 19 January 2020.

First COVID-19 case in Philippines.

The first two cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, were a Chinese couple from Wuhan, China, who arrived in the Philippines on 21 Jan 2020.

First COVID-19 case in Thailand .

On 13 January 2020, officials confirm a case of COVID-19 in Thailand, the first recorded case outside of China. This was a Chinese female who arrived in Thailand on 8 January 2020, on a direct flight from Wuhan with 5 family members in a tour group consisting of 16 people. Her symptoms had begun on 5 January 2020.

First COVID-19 case in China .

The first case of someone suffering from Covid-19 can be traced back to 17 November, according to a report in the South China Morning Post. theguardian.com

The virus originated in mainland China – the overwhelming majority of cases are there – and the only clear evidence of human-to-human transmission is in the Wuhan region.

Almost one third of Australians blame coronavirus pandemic on Chinese community

There are fresh calls to do more to combat racism linked to the coronavirus pandemic, with a new poll showing almost one third of Australians believe Chinese people are primarily responsible for the pandemic’s arrival and spread in Australia.
www.sbs.com.au


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