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Coronavirus

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:07 pm on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 1:07 pm, 3rd March 2020

In times of crisis, fear can foster discrimination. There is serious concern about reports of racism being linked to the coronavirus outbreak, with people being singled out and abused simply because of east Asian appearance, and some children being bullied. Does the Secretary of State agree that inaccurate terms such as “Wuhan coronavirus” should be avoided because they sadly reinforce racist views? Will he take steps to ensure that Government communications always use medically accurate terms? Will he ensure that the Cabinet acts to ensure that everything possible is done to stop the denigration and blaming of people in relation to this outbreak?