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US Those who intentionally spread coronavirus could be charged as terrorists

06:10  25 march  2020
06:10  25 march  2020 Source:   politico.com

More than a quarter of French people believe that the coronavirus was manufactured in the laboratory

 More than a quarter of French people believe that the coronavirus was manufactured in the laboratory © Copyright 2020, L'Obs Ifop conducted this study after the publication of a similar survey by the Pew Research Center in the United States March 10-16. More than a quarter (26%) of French people think that the new coronavirus was manufactured in the laboratory, including 17% "intentionally", and the latter figure jumped to 40% among supporters of the National Rally, according to a study by the 'Ifop published Saturday.

People who intentionally spread the coronavirus could face criminal charges under federal terrorism laws, the Justice Department’s No. 2 official said Tuesday. In a memo to top Justice Department leaders, law enforcement agency chiefs and U.S. Attorneys across the country, Deputy

The terrorist group stated that the illness has forced the 'crusader nations' to retreat and increase military presence in order to contain the spread of the virus. It comes after ISIS last week issued guidance for terrorists on how to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

People who intentionally spread the coronavirus could face criminal charges under federal terrorism laws, the Justice Department’s No. 2 official said Tuesday.

a sign on the side of a building: The Justice Department. © Samuel Corum/Getty Images The Justice Department.

In a memo to top Justice Department leaders, law enforcement agency chiefs and U.S. Attorneys across the country, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said prosecutors and investigators could come across cases of “purposeful exposure and infection of others with COVID-19.”

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“Because Coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent’… such acts potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes,” Rosen wrote. “Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated.”

In Israel, the trial of Netanyahu postponed because of the coronavirus

 In Israel, the trial of Netanyahu postponed because of the coronavirus The Ministry of Justice decided on Saturday to limit the activities of the courts to urgent cases. © GALI TIBBON / various sources / AFP The Parisian The corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which was due to start on Tuesday, has been postponed for two months, the Jerusalem court announced, citing fears of spread of the new coronavirus.

The refusal to use the WHO -developed coronavirus test kits by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in particular has raised many questions over the This sort of federal structure can be pointed at as a complicating factor, but in this instance it turned out to be an advantage because they could do things

The World Health Organization has said that the spread of Covid-19 around the world has reached the stage where it can be described as a pandemic. The novel coronavirus outbreak started in China late last year but official figures show that the Asian country has stabilized the spread of the disease.

Rosen did not say whether any such threats or intentional exposures had been reported or whether his warning was simply precautionary.

The Justice Department has also set up a task force to address hoarding and price gouging related to supplies urgently needed for the fight against the virus.

Attorney General Bill Barr said during a briefing at the White House on Monday that hoarding of supplies like masks would be prosecuted. However, memos issued by Barr and Rosen on Tuesday said the Department of Health and Human Services has yet to formally designate the health-related items the administration covered by the Defense Production Act.

The task force pursuing such issues will be headed by U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito, and it will include someone from each U.S. Attorney’s Office and other Justice Department units, Barr said.

Instagram steps up effort to curb COVID-19 disinformation .
Instagram said Tuesday it was ramping up efforts to promote reliable content about the coronavirus pandemic and stop the spread of misinformation on the image-centric social network. The move by the Facebook-owned service with more than one billion users worldwide comes amid a scramble by social networks to deliver verified information and stamp out hoaxes. "People who search for information related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 on Instagram will start to see an educational message connecting them to resources from the World Health Organization and local health ministries," Instagram said in a blog post.

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