The Chinese government has given U.S journalists four calendar days to notify the Chinese Department of Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and say they needed to turn in their press cards within 10 calendar days.

‘They will not be allowed to continue working as journalists in the People’s Republic of China, including its Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions,” the statement read

The ruling Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday escalated its tit-for-tat propaganda war with the United States over who is to blame for the spread of the coronavirus by giving American journalists working in China just ten days to pack up and leave China and Hong Kong.

The affected reporters work for several top media companies including The New York Times, Voice of America, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

The move has prompted strong opposition from the Trump administration which maintains that coronavirus originated from China and has now resorted to calling it the “Wuhan coronavirus”.

Although the first coronavirus case was reported in Wuhan, China, there is no evidence that it originated there, and China takes great offence when the deadly pandemic is labelled a Chinese virus.

‘We strongly condemn the decision of the Chinese authorities to expel American journalists, an action that is especially irresponsible at a time when the world needs the free and open flow of credible information about the coronavirus pandemic,” New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said in a statement.

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