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China denies coronavirus cover-up

By The Assam Tribune

BEIJING, April 17 - China on Friday denied covering up the extent of its coronavirus outbreak and accused the US of attempting to divert the public attention by insinuating that the virus originated from a virology laboratory in Wuhan.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian�s comments came as China�s coronavirus death toll mounted to 4,632 after it revised the fatality figures by 50 per cent in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

�I want to emphasise that the revision of the data regarding infectious disease is an internationally accepted practice,� Zhao told a media briefing, defending the sharply upward revision of figures amid allegations of under-reporting of casualties of coronavirus cases and casualties by China in Wuhan.

He said in the early stage of the outbreak there were some late reports, omissions, and inaccurate information.

He said this can be explained by the insufficient capacity of admissions and treatment of patients in hospitals, failure of some medical institutions to connect with disease prevention and control information systems in a timely manner, overload of hospitals and pre-occupation of medical staff with the treatment of patients.

�But there has never been any concealment, and we�ll never allow any concealment,� Zhao said.

The revision of figures came amid sharp criticism of China by the US and other nations for its alleged under-reporting of the coronavirus cases.

Responding to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo�s statement that the US will probe whether the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is only a few miles away from the seafood market, Zhao said a few days ago, some people in the US accused China of failing to inform their country of the epidemic situation in a timely manner.

�The same people are now hyping up the issue of the source of the virus, insinuating that the virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,� he said.

�A discerning person will understand at a glance that the purpose is to create confusion, divert public attention, and shirk their responsibility,� he said.

�I�ll repeat what we said already many times. Tracing the source of the virus is a serious scientific issue. We need to listen to science and respect scientific and professional opinions. � PTI

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China denies coronavirus cover-up

BEIJING, April 17 - China on Friday denied covering up the extent of its coronavirus outbreak and accused the US of attempting to divert the public attention by insinuating that the virus originated from a virology laboratory in Wuhan.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian�s comments came as China�s coronavirus death toll mounted to 4,632 after it revised the fatality figures by 50 per cent in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

�I want to emphasise that the revision of the data regarding infectious disease is an internationally accepted practice,� Zhao told a media briefing, defending the sharply upward revision of figures amid allegations of under-reporting of casualties of coronavirus cases and casualties by China in Wuhan.

He said in the early stage of the outbreak there were some late reports, omissions, and inaccurate information.

He said this can be explained by the insufficient capacity of admissions and treatment of patients in hospitals, failure of some medical institutions to connect with disease prevention and control information systems in a timely manner, overload of hospitals and pre-occupation of medical staff with the treatment of patients.

�But there has never been any concealment, and we�ll never allow any concealment,� Zhao said.

The revision of figures came amid sharp criticism of China by the US and other nations for its alleged under-reporting of the coronavirus cases.

Responding to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo�s statement that the US will probe whether the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is only a few miles away from the seafood market, Zhao said a few days ago, some people in the US accused China of failing to inform their country of the epidemic situation in a timely manner.

�The same people are now hyping up the issue of the source of the virus, insinuating that the virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,� he said.

�A discerning person will understand at a glance that the purpose is to create confusion, divert public attention, and shirk their responsibility,� he said.

�I�ll repeat what we said already many times. Tracing the source of the virus is a serious scientific issue. We need to listen to science and respect scientific and professional opinions. � PTI