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US Ambassador To UK Holds China Responsible For Global Spread Of Coronavirus


US Ambassador To UK Holds China Responsible For Global Spread Of Coronavirus
China has endangered the entire world by not making the known the actual figures and the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country at the beginning which had allowed the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, all across the world resulting in a pandemic, said the United States ambassador to London.
"First it tried to suppress the news," Ambassador Woody Johnson wrote in an article for The Times newspaper published on Thursday. he went on to allege that Chinese authorities had then engaged in selective sharing of critical information while not allowing any international health authorities access to the country or to information about the disease.
"Had China done the right things at the right time, more of its own population, and the rest of the world, might have been spared the most serious impact of this disease," the ambassador wrote.
"When the crisis finally abates we should take stock of the outcome and evaluate the costs of this breakdown in international collaboration," he said.
The comments made by Johnson were similar to the allegations on China as was made by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had alleged earlier that the Communist Party of China is not providing critical information about the disease to the world which could otherwise help to prevent the further spread of the virus pandemic.
The allegations made by Pompeo in an interview with the Washington Watch radio program was met with a strong rebuttal from China which said that Pompeo should cease "politicising" the coronavirus pandemic and defaming the country.
Earlier, Pompeo had criticized Chinese authorities for delaying sharing of critical information about the virus which has now resulted in a huge risk to millions worldwide that had "truly put thousands of lives at risk".
"My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again," he had said.
China was also blamed earlier by the US President Donald Trump, accusing that Beijing should have acted faster to warn the world soon after the Covid-19 breakout in the country. Trump also dismissed his critics who were averse to him calling the coronavirus as “Chinese virus” and alleged that that such labeling was racist.
A question posed to Trump last week about whether his labeling the coronavirus as a “Chinese virus” could be potentially harmful for Asian-Americans, was brushed aside by the US President. It has also been reported that an unnamed White House official had privately called the virus the “kung flu”.
On Monday however, Trump said that the spreading of Covid-19 was not because of Asian-Americans and that the community needed to be protected.