The coronavirus now has more than 80,000 confirmed cases across the world with outbreaks now being detected in South Korea, Iran and parts of Europe.

More than 2000 people have died as a result of the disease, officially known as Covid-19, with the World Health Organisation warning that it was "literally knocking at the door" of countries around the world.

As we have already seen here in the UK, precautions have been widely taken to prevent the spread of the virus, with one school in Cheshire shutting down for a week after pupils, who had recently returned from a ski trip in Italy were reported to have flu-like symptoms.

Despite these measures being taken Fox News host, Tucker Carlson believes he has found the reason for the spread of the virus; 'wokeness.'

The outspoken US conservative highlighted articles from several news outlets that warned against people resorting to xenophobia when warning others about the virus.

He said:

For weeks the media told you it was wrong to worry about the coronavirus, a mysterious, highly communicable lethal disease spreading rapidly around the world.

If that concerns you in any way, if you think maybe we ought to take some steps to protect ourselves from it, then you're a bigot.

Countless publications wagged their fingers in the face of readers, and told them it was irrational, probably immoral in fact to worry about the coronavirus than the annual flu.

Identity politics trumped public health and not for the first time. Wokeness is a cult. They would let you die before they admitted that diversity is not our strength.

This is quite a reach from Carlson, who would almost appear to be advocating for some sort of racism in order to prevent the spread of the disease, rather than say, just common sense and hygiene.

Carlson's questionable and highly problematic take on the issue has since made its way on Twitter and people are pretty disgusted at what they have heard.

As it has been pointed out branding different types of people for the spread of diseases is sadly not uncommon.

indy100 has previously reportedly how misinformation and viral videos about coronavirus have helped stoke racism against Chinese people but to hear a broadcaster on a major network now promoting this same rhetoric on live television is deeply disconcerting.

Fox News has been contacted for comment.

HT Newsweek

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