Republican lawmakers have persisted in using “Wuhan virus” or “Chinese coronavirus,” despite remarks by Democrats and the director of the CDC that such phrases are inaccurate and even racist.Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., used the term “Wuhan virus” on Thursday in announcing that his Washington office was closing because of the illness. His comments came two days after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, agreed when questioned at a House hearing that it was “absolutely wrong and inappropriate” to use such labels.Redfield said the virus had now expanded beyond China to other parts of the world, particularly Iran, South Korea, Italy and “now all of Europe.”Other GOP officials who have referred to the virus by country or ethnicity have been accused of perpetuating racist associations with the virus. Wuhan is the Chinese city where the outbreak began.Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., called it the “Wuhan Virus,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., referred to the “Chinese coronavirus,” and President Donald Trump retweeted a comment using the term “China Virus.”Gosar and other Republicans defended themselves by saying the media had used the same terms in early reporting on the outbreak.The WHO said it deliberately chose COVID-19 as the


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