Those who intentionally spread coronavirus in the USA could be charged as terrorists

People practice social distancing while sitting in Hells Kitchen Park in New York, New York, USA, 24 March 2020. EPA-EFE/Peter Foley

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The U.S. Justice Department’s No. 2 official warned that people who intentionally spread the coronavirus could face criminal charges under America’s terrorism laws.

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.”

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.”

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.

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