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- As of May 10, there are 20,546 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
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9 am Bryan Adams facing backlash for blaming coronavirus on Chinese people
Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams is facing a backlash after pinning the blame for the coronavirus pandemic on Chinese people – while urging them to “go vegan.”
In an Instagram post accompanying an acoustic performance of his song Cuts Like A Knife, Adams lamented the cancellations of a series of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall:
“Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than ‘thanks a fucking lot’ is go vegan.”
The musician alludes to the theory that the virus was created in a lab in China – which as been promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – and early reports that the outbreak began in an open-air seafood market in Wuhan.
Adams began trending on Twitter on Monday night as several users branded the remarks as in line with anti-Chinese and anti-Asian racism and scapegoating that accompanied the spread of COVID-19. Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, told CBC News that the star’s comments were “irresponsible and just so, so, so, so racist.”
Studies have linked the virus to bats, but scientists have not reached a consensus on how the virus originated.
9 am Canada has over 69,000 cases of COVID-19
There are 69,981 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 4,993 people have died.
The outbreak is a serious public health threat though most people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized.
Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People age 65 and over and people with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of contracting a severe case.