Washington continues to demand that Beijing provide information about the causes of the coronavirus. This was announced on Friday, April 17, by US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Fox Business.
“This is about science and epidemiology We need to understand what has happened in order to reduce the risk to Americans in the coming days, weeks and months and restore the global economy. This is very important, ” he stressed.
At the same time, Pompeo added that it is because the Chinese government continues to hide information about the coronavirus that the planet is facing a pandemic.
According to the latest data from the Worldometer portal, more than 681 thousand cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the United States, while 35,371 people died, and another 58,110 recovered.
Earlier, Pompeo accused Beijing of late providing data on COVID-19 and called for finding the culprit in the spread of the coronavirus. Later, the us Senate announced its intention to study the circumstances of the infection, in particular the role of China in its spread. Washington believes that initially information about the scale of the outbreak was suppressed, and Beijing took insufficient measures to prevent a pandemic.
US President Donald trump, in turn, criticized the world health organization (WHO) for focusing on China during the pandemic. In his opinion, the organization pays too much attention to China, despite the fact that it is funded mainly by the United States. On April 14, the American leader announced that Washington was ending funding for WHO.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, began at the end of December last year. The focus of infection was the Chinese city of Wuhan. In a few months, the disease has spread to more than 190 countries around the world. On March 11, who declared a coronavirus pandemic.
According to Worldometer data on April 17, more than 2.21 million cases of the disease were registered on the planet, more than 149 thousand people died, and 560 thousand were cured.