China lifted its 11-week lockdown recently as its coronavirus infection numbers dropped dramatically but as other countries continued to suffer, it has been questioned whether China is being truthful. Andrew Bridgen MP does not believe the Chinese Government have been clear since the start of the outbreak.
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Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Bridgen said: “I think Donald Trump’s criticism of the WHO’s performance during this pandemic is valid.
“However I’m not convinced that cutting their funding at this moment is in the best interest in either America or the rest of the world.
“There’s going to be time after coronavirus is over for all countries to look at the strategy they’ve undertaken to deal with it.
“I don’t think anyone has got it perfect and will we ever know what the right strategy is until we’re out the other end of it.
“Sweden has got a very different strategy to the UK, they have a different demographic. About 85 percent of people live in rural areas.
“You’ve only got about 20 percent in the UK as we’re a much more densely populated country.
“Who is to say what the right strategy is for each country but I don’t doubt there will be a huge inquest into the performance of every country.
“What I do think is the Chinese communist government have not been open and transparent from the beginning. I really doubt they’ve only had 4,000 deaths in the whole of China.”
It comes as ore than 2.54 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 177,004 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
China accused Australia of taking instructions from the United States over its criticism of Beijing’s handling of the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus, marking a further deterioration in ties between the two major trading partners.
Senior Australian lawmakers have in recent days echoed US.
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President Trump is in calls for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, and questioned Beijing’s transparency over a pandemic that has now paralysed cities around the world.
China’s embassy in Canberra said Australian lawmakers were acting as the mouthpiece of Trump.
The embassy said in a statement: “It is well known that recently some people in the US including high-level officials have been spreading anti-China ‘information virus’.
“These days, certain Australian politicians are keen to parrot what those Americans have asserted and simply follow them in staging political attacks on China.”
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