Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, when asked about US President Donald Trump’s comments comparing the outbreak to Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks, said the enemy the United States faced was the coronavirus and not China.
The US has ramped up pressure on China to reveal details about the origins of COVID-19 outbreak, including patient zero, and pointed to Australia as one of a growing number of nations who “understand the risk of doing business with the Chinese Communist Party”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it had been 128 days since Dr Ai Fen, director of China’s Wuhan Central Hospital emergency unit, shared information on the internet about a patient with a SARS-like virus.
He said if China had been transparent about the outbreak hundreds of thousands of lives and the world’s economy could have been spared.
“China is still refusing to share the information we need to keep people safe, such as viral isolates, clinical specimens, and details about the many COVID-19 patients in December 2019, not to mention ‘patient zero’,” Pompeo said.
He said the US needs reliable partners willing to share data in a timely way.
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