China covered up disease outbreak, still not sharing information: Pompeo

China covered up disease outbreak, still not sharing information: Pompeo

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Washington, May 7: US Secretary of state Mike R Pompeo has alleged that China covered up the Covid-19 outbreak due to which thousands of people around the world lost their lives and the global economy could enter into a recession.

In his address to the press on Wednesday, he said, "They(China) knew. China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. China could have spared the world a descent into global economic malaise. They had a choice. But instead, China covered up the outbreak in Wuhan.

Its National Health Commission ordered virus samples destroyed on January 3rd. China “disappeared” brave Chinese citizens who raised alarms. It deployed its propaganda organs to denounce those who politely called for simple transparency." Pompeo criticized China for "not" sharing information on the virus "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" he said.

The secretary of state felt that China's handling of the pandemic and its subsequent actions have led to the communist country losing credibility worldwide "As a result of China’s choices, countries are starting to understand the risk of doing business with the Chinese Communist Party and taking action to protect their people.

A few examples. In recent weeks, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and France have demarched the Chinese Communist Party ambassadors for a whole host of lies and misdeeds. Spain has returned defective test kits made in China, Czech Republic and other nations have received shoddy PPE(personal protection equipment)." Pompeo appealed to the international community to support Taiwan's participation in the soon to be held World Health Assembly(commencing May 17), something China has vehemently opposed "Today I want to call upon all nations, including those in Europe, to support Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly and in other relevant United Nations venues. I also call upon WHO Director-General Tedros to invite Taiwan to observe this month’s WHA, as he has the power to do, and as his predecessors have done on multiple occasions." The secretary of state also added that the US government is for the time being is delaying the report to Congress which would assess Hong Kong’s autonomy "Right now we are delaying our report to Congress that will assess Hong Kong’s autonomy to allow us to account for any additional actions that Beijing may be contemplating in the run-up to the National People’s Congress that would further undermine the people of Hong Kong’s autonomy as promised by China when they entered the agreement with the people of Hong Kong." (UNI)