Donald Trump denies the US has most coronavirus deaths: US President Donald Trump has claimed that the death toll due to Coronavirus in China is actually much higher.
In a tweet on Friday, he said, “China has suddenly doubled the number of deaths from this unknown enemy. But it is more than this; it is more than the number of deaths in America.”
Earlier on Friday, officials in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, increased the number of deaths from COVID-19 by 50 percent. According to officials, 1,290 deaths have been caused by the Coronavirus. With this, the total death toll in Hubei has reached 3,869, and for China, this figure has reached 4,600.
Officials say that new data has been released on the basis of new data obtained from the reports kept in relation to deaths in jails and mortgages. According to Johns Hopkins University, China has confirmed 84,000 cases of corona infection so far.
Question on claims of lesser deaths in China
BBC China correspondent Stephen McDonnell says that China has raised analysts’ concerns by doubling the number of deaths in Wuhan.
For the past several weeks, questions have been asked about the official figures of China. Till now, it was speculated that the Chinese authorities would not have deliberately told the truth about the figures to show success in reducing deaths by better management of emergency in their cities and towns.
But even if this happens, the Chinese authorities are not aware of how widespread this crisis has taken in other countries.
Wuhan officials say that they did not intentionally give any wrong details about this, but after improving the situation here, they have gathered information about all the matters once again.
But the news of the death toll in China had come at a time when the decline in the figures of economic development was announced.
Because of this, some experts believe that maybe China wants to deliberately hide this news. However, it can also be purely a coincidence.
On Thursday, China officially released data related to the impact of the corona on the economy. In the first quarter of the year 2020, China’s GDP has seen a decline of 6.8%. According to government data, this is the first time in the last three decades that China’s economy has declined.
Tension in China and America regarding the virus
The Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, but the way it faced the challenge and managed to deal with it was praised by the World Health Organization.
But despite this, there has been constant skepticism on the data released by China and claims of completely stopping the infection.
Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Corona Task Force, questioned China’s figures. He said that from the second week of December in China, Corona cases started coming up, but he hid this from the whole world. He alleged that China hid information and facts about the disease.
On Thursday, too, he said that it is difficult to trust the information that China has given so far on COVID-19.
Recently, the British government’s senior minister Michael Gov told the BBC, “Some reports related to China were unclear – at what level it spread, what was its nature and how much it could spread.”
Corona cases had already started coming to China before the end of December, but on December 31, it informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the Coronavirus.
At about the same time, a doctor who had warned his colleagues about the infection of a virus-like SARS was also questioned by the police.
On December 30, ophthalmologist Dr. Wu Wenliang of Wuhan Central Hospital warned his fellow doctors that he had seen symptoms of SARS-like virus in some patients.
But they were silenced by saying that they should not confuse people. A few days later, Dr. Lee died of the Coronavirus.
Later on January 14, the organization tweeted that early investigations in China have not indicated that the Coronavirus spreads from humans to humans.
Donald Trump and others questioned the WHO through this tweet and alleged that the organization is blindly trusting China.
In a tweet on January 22, the WHO issued a statement saying that cases of Coronavirus have spread from humans to humans in Wuhan. After which the WHO declared it a global pandemic in late January.
Kenneth Roth, who is associated with the human rights view, also said that the Chinese government is taking a very strong stand to make the information about deaths in the country public.
He wrote on Twitter that the Chinese government prevented a person from doing so on social media about the number of dead bodies brought to Wuhan for cremation.
Trump clashed with the World Health Organization over China
Recently, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhonum Gibriasis, praised China’s efforts and said that the speed with which China detected the epidemic and continued transparency was commendable.
His statement from the United States was criticized, and Trump accused the World Health Organization of adopting a pro-China attitude.
Referring to the funds being given to the WHO from the United States and said, “America gives the highest amount of funds to the WHO, and in the coming time, we are going to stop this fund.”
After this, Trump directed his administration to close the WHO fund and said that the role of the organization in preventing the infection of the virus would be reviewed.
In response to this, during a press conference in Geneva, the director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedross, said that the coronavirus should not be ‘politicized.’
China has also opposed the statement of the US President. “The US should refrain from politicizing the coronavirus epidemic and focus on dealing with it,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday.
According to John Hopkins University, China has confirmed 84,000 new cases of corona infection so far, and there have been a total of 4,636 deaths due to this.