Trump casts doubt on Chinese coronavirus figures Apr 03, 2020 0 3231 12345 AFPWASHINGTONUS President Donald Trump cast doubt on the accuracy of official Chinese figures on its coronavirus outbreak after US lawmakers, citing an intelligence report, accused Beijing of a cover up.“How do we know” if they are accurate, Trump asked at a press conference. “Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side.” Trump insisted that “the relationship with China’s a good one” and that he remained close to President Xi Jinping.However, controversy around Beijing’s transparency has strained ties, adding to bad feelings triggered by a conspiracy theory in China that the US military was to blame for the virus.Republicans in Congress, pointing to a report by Bloomberg citing US intelligence, expressed outrage that Beijing apparently misled the international community on China’s infections and deaths that began in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan.China’s reporting has been intentionally incomplete, with some intelligence officials describing Beijing’s numbers as fake, reported Bloomberg, which highlighted the classified intelligence document sent to the White House last week.China has publicly reported 82,394 confirmed cases and 3,316 deaths as of Thursday, according to a rolling tracker by Johns Hopkins University.That compares to 234,462 cases and 5,607 deaths in the United States, the country with the world’s largest reported outbreak.Asked about the report at a press briefing on Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying didn’t directly address it or Trump’s comments, but said that “to slander, to discredit, to blame others or to shift responsibility cannot make up the time that has been lost.” “To carry on lying will only waste more time and cause more loss of life,” she said, adding that politicians who accused China of concealing information were “shameless and without morality.” Republican Senator Ben Sasse attacked Beijing’s numbers as “garbage propaganda.” “The claim that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China is false,” Sasse said in a statement. RELATED ARTICLES COVID-19 cases reported from Mumbai’s crowded Dharavi slum Apr 03, 2020 0 1623 Global coronavirus cases cross one million as Spain sees record fatalities Apr 03, 2020 0 297 Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot dead lockdown troublemakers Apr 03, 2020 0 2450 Thailand imposes nationwide curfew to curb virus spread BANGKOK: Thailand will introduce a six-hour night curfew in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, authorities said on Thursday, warning anyone who breached the order faced a two-year jail term. The curfew from 10 pm .. Australia in huge operation to test 9,000 crew stranded on cruise ships Sydney Australian police and military will soon begin helicoptering doctors to several cruise ships stranded near Sydney to assess nearly 9,000 crew for COVID-19, officials said on Thursday. The military-style .. German hospitals expand intensive care capacity to 40,000 beds AFP Berlin GERMAN hospitals have increased their number of intensive care beds to 40,000 in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the country’s hospital federation said on Thursday. Three out of four .. Italy reports 760 new deaths and over 115,000 virus infections DPA / AFP Rome ANOTHER 760 people have died from the novel coronavirus epidemic in Italy and national contagion numbers have risen above 115,000, the Italian Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday. The death toll, .. Under-fire Johnson says Britain will ‘massively increase testing’ AFP LONDON PRIME Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain would “massively increase testing” for the COVID-19 virus as the country recorded more than 500 daily deaths for a second consecutive day. Johnson made .. North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus SEOUL: North Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite mounting scepticism overseas as confirmed global infections near one million. The already .. Daily coronavirus infections in South Korea drop below 100 again SEOUL: The number of daily new coronavirus infections in South Korea dropped below 100 again, health authorities said on Thursday, with 89 new cases recorded on the previous day. The total number of infections .. Democrats postpone White House nominating convention to August over virus WASHINGTON: US Democrats on Thursday postponed their national convention until August 17 over concerns about coronavirus, pushing back by five weeks the gathering that nominates the party’s candidate to challenge ..