COVID-19: Trump Says China will face Upshot Of The Investigation If Responsible, The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated last year, has raised its official COVID-19 death toll by 50%, adding 1,290 fatalities. Wuhan officials attributed the new figure to updated reporting and deaths outside hospitals. China has insisted there was no cover-up. It has been accused of downplaying the severity of its virus outbreak. Wuhan’s 11 million residents spent months in strict lockdown conditions, which have only recently been eased.aThe latest official figures bring the death toll in the city in China’s central Hubei province to 3,869, increasing the national total to more than 4,600. China has confirmed nearly 84,000 coronavirus infections, the seventh-highest globally, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
According to President Trump “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, I mean, then surely there should be consequences,” Trump told reporters at a daily briefing. The US-China relationship was good “until they did this”, he said, citing a recent first-phase agricultural deal aimed at quelling a trade war between the two countries. The question now was whether what happened with the coronavirus was “a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?” he said, adding: “There’s a big difference between those two.” Trump previously said his government is seeking to determine whether the virus emanated from a Chinese lab.