Coronavirus: Nature magazine apologises for reports linking Covid-19 with China

British scientific journal Nature has apologised for associating

Covid-19

with China in its reporting, saying that early coverage of the global health crisis by itself and other media had led to racist attacks on people of Asian descent around the world.

In an article published on Tuesday, the publication said that the

World Health Organisation

’s announcement on February 11 that the official name for the pneumonia-like virus would be Covid-19 had been an implicit reminder to “those who had erroneously been associating the virus with Wuhan and with China in their news coverage – including Nature”.

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