President Donald Trump isn’t convinced that China is telling the truth about its coronavirus numbers.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump said Friday that while the official numbers may suggest otherwise, it is China that has seen the most deaths from COVID-19.
“Well, you know, when I listen to the press every night saying we have the most, we don’t have the most [of] the world’s deaths,” Trump said at a press briefing at the White House, according to the Examiner. “The most in the world has to be China.”
He went on: “It’s a massive country. It’s gone through a tremendous problem with this, a tremendous problem. And they must have the most.”
“It is what it is”
This week, reports revealed that China was revising its death toll in Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated; according to the Wall Street Journal, the death toll was nearly doubled from just over 1,200 to almost 3,900 in the central Chinese city.
At Friday’s press briefing, reporters asked President Trump to comment on this sudden change — and he suggested China may not be done adding up all the numbers yet.
“So today, I saw they announced that essentially they are doubling up on the numbers. That’s only in Wuhan. They are not talking about outside Wuhan,” he said, according to the Examiner. “It is what it is. What a sad state of affairs.”
According to the most recent numbers from Worldometer, the United States leads the way on COVID-19, with over 740,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and over 39,000 deaths. In contrast, China claims to only have 82,700 cases and 4,600 deaths across the country.
But that’s not all
As President Trump and others have said, these numbers simply don’t add up — and neither does China’s story about how the virus originated in the first place.
“We are looking at it,” Trump said later in his Friday briefing, according to the Examiner. “A lot of people are looking at it. It seems to make sense. They talk about a certain kind of bat, but that bat wasn’t in that area. If you can believe this, that’s what they are down to now is bats. But that bat is not in that area. That bat wasn’t sold at that wet zone. It wasn’t sold there.”
The official story, thus far, is that the coronavirus first infected a human at a Wuhan wet market, where “Patient Zero” came into contact with a bat carrying the illness. But as time goes on, this narrative has increasingly come into question. According to a recent Fox News report, U.S. intelligence officials are now uncovering evidence that suggests the virus actually originated in a Wuhan virology lab.
Whatever the case may be, something is not right here. We need to get to the bottom of this — and when we do, China must be held accountable for its (apparently ongoing) cover-up.