AGENCIES, Washington: US President Donald Trump has once again expressed doubts over the revised official Chinese figures on the number of deaths in their country due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We are not number one; China is number one just so you understand,” Trump told media at a White House news briefing on Saturday. “They are way ahead of us in terms of death. It’s not even close.”
Hid comments come two days after 1,300 coronavirus deaths were added to the official count in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started. The revision puts China”s overall death toll to more than 4,600.
Trump found it odd when highly-developed healthcare systems of the UK, France, Belgium, Italy and Spain had high fatality rates, it was 0.33 in China.
The president still believes that the actual number was much more than the official Chinese death toll figures, which he said were “unrealistic”. China has already admitted that Wuhan figures were incorrect.
“You know it, I know it and they know it, but you don”t want to report it. Why?” he asked. “You will have to explain that. Someday I will explain it.”
He also highlighted that on a per-capita basis, the mortality rate in the US was far lower than other nations of Western Europe.
Trump was asked by a reporter whether China should suffer consequences over the pandemic which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has left more than 157,000 people dead around the world.
“If they were knowingly responsible, certainly,” he said. “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake.
“But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, then there should be consequences,” Trump said.