US president asks ‘do you really believe those numbers?’ and provokes angry response from editor of Global Times by repeating claims virus came from a labCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has again questioned China’s transparency over the coronavirus outbreak, casting doubt on the origins of the virus and number of cases, while signalling the US would soon join countries across Europe in easing its lockdown.“Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?” the US president said, when asked about the severity of the US death toll at a White House press briefing. “We report everything, we’re reporting the cases and our reporting is good. We’re reporting every death.” Continue reading...
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President touts unsubstantiated theory shortly after director of national intelligence rejects itCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee...President touts unsubstantiated theory shortly after director of national intelligence rejects itCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump claims to have seen evidence to substantiate the unproven theory that the coronavirus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, despite US intelligence agencies’ conclusion that the virus was “not manmade or genetically modified”.“We’re going to see where it comes from,” Trump said at a White House event on Thursday. “We have people looking at it very, very strongly. Scientific people, intelligence people, and others. We’re going to put it all together. I think we will have a very good answer eventually. And China might even tell us.” Continue reading...
The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared, on Friday revised up...The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared, on Friday revised up its death toll from 2,579 to 3,869 — almost exactly 50%. Local officials in Wuhan said earlier deaths were missed because the city's medical facilities were overwhelmed, according to Chinese state media. Questions have long swirled about China's official figures. President Donald Trump asked Wednesday: "Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?" Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared, revised its death toll sharply up on Friday. Local authorities changed the previous figure of 2,579 to 3,869, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. The change, 1,290 additional deaths, is an increase of almost exactly 50% from before. Officials also added another 325 cases which had not led to a death, bringing the city's total cases to 50,333. That brings China's official total death toll up to 4,632. An unnamed official from the Wuhan municipal headquarters for COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control, Xinhua reported, said cases were missed earlier because of the immense pressure on the health system in the city. The official said: "Due to the insufficiency in admission and treatment capability, a few medical institutions failed to connect with the disease prevention and control system in time, while hospitals were overloaded and medics were overwhelmed with patients. As a result, belated, missed and mistaken reporting occurred." There have long been questions about China's official figures, which are considerably lower than some other countries despite the virus first appearing in China in December, if not earlier. While China has a population around four times that of the US, the latter has more than 670,000 cases and over 33,000 dead. Chinese officials have repeatedly argued that China's aggressive response to the virus, such as the decision to lock down Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, for months, kept the situation from spiraling out of control. The unnamed official who announced the change to the city's death toll said Friday: "As the main battleground for securing a decisive victory in the national epidemic prevention and control, Wuhan has taken the most comprehensive, stringent and thorough prevention and control measures." Many outside observers, including the US president, have expressed doubts. "Do you think you're getting honest numbers from some of these countries? Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?" President Donald Trump asked at a White House coronavirus task force press briefing on Wednesday."Does anybody really believe that?" "Some countries that are in big, big trouble," he added. "And, they're not reporting the facts." The US intelligence community believes that China has intentionally concealed the true extent of the damage caused by the coronavirus in the country, presenting fabricated case and death totals, Bloomberg News reported earlier this month. Revisions to official tallies have had to be made in other places as well, to include the US. New York City, a major hotspot in a hard-hit state, revised its death toll on Tuesday, adding 3,700 deaths to bring the city's total above 10,000. The added deaths were those who had never tested positive but were presumed to have died from the disease. "In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary Freddi Goldstein told The New York Times this week. "As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button