Almost in the same breath, the White House has also accused the World Health Organization of colluding with China in deceiving other nations about the pandemic danger. To supposedly prove his point, Trump cut off US funding to the WHO.
China has slammed claims of it conducting a cover-up, saying it provided early warning to the rest of the world about the deadly outbreak.
Part of Trumpís skepticism towards Chinaís data appears to stem from the countryís relatively low numbers of infection cases and deaths. This week, Chinaís infection cases were about 82,000 while its deaths numbered over 4,000. That was after an upward revision on earlier data concerning the city of Wuhan where the new coronavirus disease erupted in December. Beijing says such revision is normal practice by all countries as mortality information is gathered. In Britain, for example, it is reckoned that deaths have so far been greatly underestimated due to lack of counting deceased in elderly care homes. Is anyone accusing the British government of a cover-up?
In any case, what seems to be bothering The Donald and other Western leaders is just how low Chinaís pandemic figures are by comparison with their own.
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In the US this week, the infection cases and death toll are upwards of 700,000 and 34,000, according to this global counter. Thatís massively greater than figures in China. Likewise the casualty rates in Italy, Spain, France and Britain are way out ahead of what China has reported.
That huge disparity has led Western politicians to accuse China of a cover-up or at least not coming fully clean with evidence. Because to reflect on the enormously discrepant figures it otherwise makes the Western countries look extremely bad in their mishandling of the public health crisis. The exploding casualties indicate gross ineptitude and dereliction of public health services (which is correct). In which case, it is politically expedient, and indeed imperative, to find a scapegoat in order to cover-up for the monumental incompetence of Western leaders. Ironically, itís not China which is doing the covering up. It is the West and their criminally incompetent governments and their slavish adherence to capitalist priorities. Private profit before people.
The US and President Trump are potentially most acutely exposed for their ineptitude in coping with the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic ripping through American society is down to Trumpís callous complacency which was displayed for weeks after both China and the WHO explicitly warned of a public health crisis as far back as the end of January.
The American crisis is also down to the perilously insecure state of American workers living on the edge of financial ruin and an underfunded crumby health care system that puts corporate profit before human need.
Same goes for Britain and many other Western states. The fact is that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed all their chronic failings to protect public health. Thatís why it is imperative for the Western culprits to blame China for allegedly deceiving them into supposedly not being able to make adequate preparations.
The Western inference that Chinaís Covid-19 figures are unreliable are contradicted by data from South Korea. It was one of the first countries outside China to be put on alert over the epidemic. But it was early and rapid action by South Koreaís government that ensured the impact was kept relatively low. Out of a caseload of 106,000 infections, some 230 South Koreans have died from the disease. Compare that with Britain, where the caseload as of this week is similar, but the death toll stands at over 14,000, two orders of magnitude greater.