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China rejects US charge of hiding virus info
Beijing: China on Friday rejected US allegations that it is not transparent enough in sharing the details about the coronavirus outbreak, saying it was working with the international community in an “open and highly responsible manner” to contain the global crisis.
China’s comments came after Larry Kudlow, the director of President Donald Trump’s Economic Council, said that the US is little disappointed over not being invited in the medical operations and the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese over coronavirus outbreak.
Stressing that unanswered questions were mounting and there was no sign of the promised cooperation, Kudlow said: “We’re more than willing to work with the WHO on this(coronavirus) and they won’t let us”. “I don’t know what their motives are. I do know that apparently, more and more people are suffering over there,” Kudlow said in Washington.
The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has spiked to nearly 1,500 with 121 new fatalities reported mostly from the worst-affected Hubei province while the confirmed cases of infection jumped to nearly 65,000, health officials said on Friday.
State-run CGTN reported that 505 cases of the virus were abroad, including 15 cases of the virus in the US.
Ever since the coronavirus outbreak that shook China and the world, Beijing has not acceded to requests by the US to permit American specialists to visit the country to take part in the medical operations to counter the virus.
Instead, China has permitted a team of the World Health Organisation (WHO) specialists to visit the country and assist it to contain the virus.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that China has been working with the international community to tackle the epidemic in an open, transparent and highly responsible manner.
He also said that China has been active and open towards cooperation with the US.
Geng stated that the Chinese and American departments of disease control, medical R&D and technology as well as scientists have also been engaging in various forms of exchanges. “We welcome foreign experts’ participation in the China-WHO Joint Mission, including those from the US. US President Trump and Secretary of Health Alex Azar commended China’s transparent handling of the epidemic on many occasions,” he said.
“China will continue working with the international community, including the US, to jointly tackle the epidemic and uphold global health security,” he added.
Contrary to Kudlow’s remarks US President Trump is reported to have praised China’s response. (PTI)