by Owoyemi Khaleel
Chinese government has challenged the United States president, Donald Trumpʼs way of handling COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
The Executive Vice Foreign Minister, Le Yucheng responded to the politicized game played by Trump on the virus, accusing him of wasting weeks after the threat posed by the virus first became apparent.
Le rejected claims that the country had covered up the initial outbreak.
According to the minister, the country should not be held financially liable for COVID-19, instead, the virus is termed as a “natural disaster”.
He called for greater cooperation from the whole world to put an end to the virus.
“On January 23 when Wuhan went under lockdown, the United States reported only one confirmed case, but on March 13 when President Trump announced a national emergency, the United States reported over 1,600 confirmed cases.
“In this interval of 50 days, what was the U.S. government doing? Where have those 50 days gone?,” Le asked.
On Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States went over 1 million, an achievement which Trump said was due to “much better” testing than other countries.
Also the U.S. has recorded more than 58,000 deaths so far due to COVID-19.
So far, more than 200,000 people have died globally from COVID-19.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that China needed to be “cooperate.”
Pompeo wrote, “The world seeks answers to COVID19 and its origins … China has a responsibility to cooperate.”
Trump has raised lot of criticism on Beijing since the outbreak of the coronavirus, and most times questioning the accuracy of Chinaʼs official death toll.
He asked at a White House news briefing on April 15, “Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China. … Does anybody really believe that?”
“Some countries are in big, big trouble and theyʼre not reporting the facts — and that’s up to them,” he added.
Trump had also recently stop funding the World Health Organization, WHO, accusing the health body of being too close to Beijing and mishandling the pandemic.
With claims that the virus had accidentally escaped from one of the two research labs in Hubei province in China, the White House had ordered intelligence agencies to investigate if China and the WHO hid anything about the coronavirus.
However, many experts believe that this is unlikely true and possible.
Le remain on his stand that China responded faster to the control of the virus than any other country.
“I want to say China has not covered anything up. We did not cause any delay,” he said.
Le offered his sympathy to Americans fighting the crisis.
He said “the true enemy of the United States is the COVID-19 virus, not China,” as he urged for greater cooperation between the two countries.
“I think it’s really important for the U.S. government to find the right focus, the real enemy,” he added.The Pace News