Trump ‘not happy with China’ as US coronavirus death toll surges

Agency, 28 April : US President Donald Trump has renewed his attack on China over the spread of the coronavirus, saying Beijing could have stopped the disease before it swept the globe. He promised to conduct “serious investigations” into China’s handling of the pandemic.

Trump lashed out at China as he projected that the death toll in the US from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could reach 70,000.

“We’re doing very serious investigations … We are not happy with China,” Trump said during a White House news conference. “There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable.”

“We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly, and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”

Trump’s criticism was the latest from his administration to target how China’s managed the coronavirus outbreak, which began late last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan and grew into a pandemic.

Trump had previously referred to COVID-19 as “Chinese virus”, igniting a war of words with Beijing, which accused the US military of bringing the disease to Wuhan.

The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 211,000 people around the world, including more than 56,000 in the US, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.


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