China pressured European Union to drop COVID disinformation criticism

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Residents wearing masks to help curb the spread the coronavirus walk along a retail street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province yesterday.

He told Express.co.uk: "I certainly think that the cover up of this COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan in China has opened the eyes of the global public to the highly problematic political realities in mainland China".

During a press briefing at the Department of State, Pompeo criticized the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for failing to warn the global community about the coronavirus outbreak in a timely fashion. "It's on making sure we keep Americans safe, take down the health risk, keep people healthy as we can, and get this economy going back", he said.

China has come under increasing pressure from nations across the world, including the USA, over the lack of transparency in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 190,870 lives globally, with the United States leading the tally with almost 50,000 deaths.

Democrats in the US House of Representatives responded to Pompeo's fresh attack on the World Health Organization in a letter accusing the Trump administration of trying to "scapegoat" the World Health Organization to distract from its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Meanwhile, the number of patients now hospitalized with the virus has increased by 19 from yesterday for a total of 878. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, and Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Service.

"To date, the United States has released more than $35.3 million in emergency health funding to help ASEAN countries fight the virus, building on the $3.5 billion in public health assistance provided across ASEAN over the last twenty years", he said, announcing also a new project to promote ASEAN health security through research, public health and training.

Again, USAID will select the best channel depending on the circumstances and may use various worldwide organizations, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, or contractors, said Jim Richardson, the director of foreign assistance at the Department of State at the same briefing.

When the European Union was preparing a report on government disinformation about the Coronavirus, Chinese officials went ballistic, demanding that the report be altered or cancelled. "We need a structural fix for the World Health Organization". It is generally believed the coronavirus originated at one such "wet market" in Wuhan in China, though blame for the epidemic has become a hot debate between Beijing and Washington. "The Chinese government was transparent and very quick to share data". "We have relied on China for far too long to provide cheap labour and goods at the expense of America and our workers". Congressman Michael Waltz on Friday introduced a legislation in the House of Representatives that would ban members of the United States military and federal employees from funding China's People's Liberation Army through their federal retirement plans.

The outbreak has killed almost 180,000 people, including more than 47,000 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.

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