DOJ: Those intentionally spreading coronavirus could be charged with terrorism

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.

Wednesday saw a new one-day high for U.S. coronavirus deaths

At least 185 deaths have been reported in the United States Wednesday from Covid-19, a new high for fatalities in a single day.

The grim tally is 21 more than Tuesday’s total and brought the number of deaths since the outbreak reached the US in late January to at least 890.

On Sunday morning — less than four days ago — the nationwide total was 326 deaths, according to CNN’s data derived from state reports.

— From wire reports

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