A restaurant in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang is under fire for what appears to have been a celebration of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
The restaurant, located on Taiyuan Shopping Street in the heart of Shenyang, had raised an anti-U.S. banner on Sunday evening, local news service Pengpai and other Chinese news sources reported.
The restaurant’s manager with the surname Hui had raised an arched red banner; China has slowly begun to lift restrictions that were put in place following the outbreak of COVID-19, which began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
According to Chinese news services, the banner read, “Congratulations to the United States for the outbreak of COVID-19.”
The banner also included an anti-Japanese message.
“We hope the infections moves smoothly into little Japan and continues forever after that.”
The images went viral on Chinese social media, reports say.