Washington (CNN)Individuals who intentionally spread the novel coronavirus could be charged with terrorism for the “purposeful exposure and infection of others,” a Justice Department memo says. Writing that the virus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent,’ ” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in the memo to federal law enforcement agencies and US attorneys Tuesday that “such acts potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes.””Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated,” Rosen said. The memo underscores the aggressive steps the federal government is willing to consider — and enact — as the outbreak spreads across the country. The US has more than 64,000 cases of the virus and nearly 900 people have died as of Wednesday afternoon, according to CNN’s tally. “We must do the best we can to protect Americans’ rights and safety in this novel and troubling time,” Rosen said. The deputy attorney general also detailed a “wide range of fraudulent and criminal” reported schemes related to the pandemic, including robocalls making fraudulent offers to sell respirator masks with no intent of delivery and fake coronavirus apps and websites that install malware. “Capitalizing on this crisis


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