President Trump doubts the number of Chinese Covid-19 deaths

President Trump has long expressed skepticism about China's Covid-19 death figures. Photo: Reuters.
President Trump has long expressed skepticism about China's Covid-19 death figures. Photo: Reuters.

At the White House, reporters questioned President Trump why 20% of global Covid-19 deaths occur in the US while the country accounts for only 4% of the world’s population.

“Does anyone really believe in (data) of deaths in China?”, Mr. Trump answered when asked questions about why the US accounts for only 4% of the world’s population but has 20% of deaths. died of Covid-19 worldwide.

“There are many countries facing great difficulties, but they are not reporting the truth,” Mr. Trump added at a press conference at the White House on April 15, but did not specify which countries.

“We report all, we report cases and our reports are honest, we are reporting all deaths,” the president said.

The number of Covid-19 infections globally has surpassed 2 million, and the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the spread of the virus from its early days, show that there have been 2,047,731 virus infections. corona, as well as 133,354 confirmed deaths.

The US recorded 25,000 new infections in a day and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 605,390 cases of Covid-19 across the country, while the number of deaths increased by 2,330 to a total of 24,582. case.

Official Chinese data records 82,295 cases and 3,342 deaths from Covid-19, but the US has long been skeptical of this data.

President Trump also said some states could lift the blockade before May 1, and he would hand that right over to state governors. He also reiterated the decision to stop providing aid to the World Health Organization (WHO) for accusing the agency of underreporting the severity of the epidemic.

However, health experts warn that the blockade may have to be continued if corona virus vaccine is not available. Dr Anthony Fauci, who was absent during the last two White House press conferences, said the May 1 deadline was “a bit too optimistic”.


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