Beijing: China on Friday denied the Western proposal to hide the magnitude of the coronavirus outbreak and rejected the claims of the United States that it had too harmonious relations with the World Health Organization.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian acknowledged that the rapid spread of the virus caused an underestimation, which led to a higher death toll in China earlier on Friday, but he added: “There is never any mystery and we will never hide it. “
He said the distance between China and the World Health Organization (WHO) is too small, which is an accusation of an attempt to “disguise” Beijing.
US President Donald Trump questioned the way China is dealing with the pandemic and whether the virus has been completely transparent since its emergence in the central city of Wuhan late last year. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and French President Emmanuel Macron also expressed doubts on Thursday about China’s viral response.
On Friday, when the Chinese authorities, the first to fall victim to the Wuhan authorities, suddenly increased the death toll by 50%, or 1,290 deaths, to 3,869, these concerns were again concerned. According to official national data released earlier today, this also caused a sharp increase in the number of deaths across the country to 4,632.
Wuhan authorities identified several reasons for the missed diagnosis, including: As the number of infections increased, the city’s medical staff was overwhelmed early, leading to “late reports, omissions, or false positives.” Zhao said this miscalculation was in the early stages of a major disease outbreak.
US President Donald Trump was criticized for initially denying the severity of the epidemic and accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of it and also relying on China’s insurance for the epidemic. On Tuesday, he announced the suspension of US funding for this world agency.
When asked about the US allegations, Zhao defended the World Health Organization and China. He said, “I think they lubricate China and make up stories about China.” He did not point to the country to which he refers.
China has taken stringent measures to largely control the domestic spread of infectious diseases, including the unprecedented blockade of Wuhan and the tens of millions of people in its vicinity, but it has never spread all over the world.