President Trump has said that China’s reported coronavirus numbers appear to be “a little on the bright side,” but he did not question President Xi Jinping during speculations that the country may have deliberately reported insufficient data because he wants to keep their great relationship.
With about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths since the November outbreak, China has reported both lower infection and death rates than the US, where patient was diagnosed with zero in January.
Trump has warned that in the next two weeks it will only get worse in the United States and then that the number of deaths could reach 240,000 even if social distance measures are taken.
The World Health Organization (WHO) asks Member States to report cases that test positive in laboratories, even if the carrier is asymptomatic. But it is reported that Wuhan stopped reporting asymptomatic cases early in the outbreak, and Bloomberg reports that US intelligence officials claim Beijing has lowered the numbers.
Wuhan has reported 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths since the November outbreak, and now the US has surpassed China’s numbers
Trump said on Wednesday: ‘Whether their numbers are correct or not … I’m not an accountant from China’
Asked if he addressed the discrepancies mentioned in the intelligence report, Trump said he did not want to ruin his friendship with the leader.
“The numbers seem a little on the bright side, and I’m nice when I say that, relative to what we’ve seen and what was reported,” Trump said in a briefing on Wednesday. “But we discussed that, not so much the numbers, but what they did and we communicate continuously. I would say the greatest communication between me and President Xi was.
“This was a bit of a hurdle in the past month, of course, but they will spend $ 250 billion to buy our product, $ 50 billion only to farmers … they’ve never done that before, so we have a great trade deal and we would like to keep it. They like to keep it and the relationship is good. ‘
Trump added, “Whether or not their numbers are correct … I’m not an accountant from China.”
The outbreak started in Wuhan Province in November, and since then the Chinese government has been criticized for punishing some journalists who report on the virus, as well as medical officials who whistled about the outbreak of the deadly disease.
National Security Adviser Robert C. Brien said in a White House news conference Tuesday about coronavirus that they could not find out if China was honest about the extent of the devastation COVID-19 has caused there.
“We are unable to confirm figures from China,” said O’Brien. “We just can’t confirm any of these numbers.”
The suspicion was raised again about official figures from China after images surfaced last week of a long line of civilians collecting ashes from loved ones.
Trump said he was in “constant communication” with President Xi and that the couple had a great relationship. He added that he would like to enter into a trade deal and said during the briefing, “They will spend $ 250 billion to buy our product, $ 50 billion just for the farmers.”
Above you can see how the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States has escalated
Almost no new cases have been reported in the past two weeks. Until mid-February, however, thousands of new cases were reported daily and hundreds per day in early March.
“The Chinese government has maintained an open, transparent and responsible attitude all the time, publishing the latest figures for the world every day,” said Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile, experts have said that between 1.5 million and 2.2 million people could die without efforts to control the spread of the disease.
“As I said yesterday, difficult days await our country. We are going to start a few weeks now, but especially in a few days they will be horrifying, ” said Trump.
Trump begged religious leaders to stop holding personal meetings. He also said he may consider a domestic travel ban from coronavirus ‘hotspot’ states.
“If you do that, you’re really giving this invisible enemy a big advantage,” warned the President.
People wearing face masks eat Regan Noodle, Wuhan’s signature hot dried noodles, for breakfast in a residential area blocked by barriers in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the epicenter of the Chinese Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on Wednesday. Virtually no new cases have been reported in the past two weeks
Until mid-February, however, thousands of new cases were reported daily and hundreds per day in early March. This photo from Feb. 18 shows a temporary hospital converted from an exhibition center in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China