China rejects report that it delayed sharing coronavirus information with WHO

WION Web Team Beijing, China Jun 03, 2020, 02.19 PM(IST)

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The said report "exposed" China’s criminal negligence in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic which has killed 3,77,404 people globally with over 6 million infections.

China said on Wednesday a news report that said it delayed sharing information regarding the outbreak of coronavirus with the World Health Organisation (WHO) was totally untrue.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks during a daily briefing in response to a question about the report by the Associated Press, which said the WHO was frustrated by significant delays in information sharing by Beijing as the coronavirus outbreak took hold in China in January.

The above-mentioned report "exposed" China’s criminal negligence in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic which has killed 3,77,404 people globally with over 6 million infections.

The Associated Press obtained internal recordings of the WHO featuring officials who led the organisation’s immediate response to COVID-19. The recordings are from the early days of the outbreak in China.

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The internal recordings suggest that China wasn’t sharing the complete information about the virus, and when the information came, its flow was very slow. Additionally, it points towards an internal debate within the WHO about China and dealing with the pandemic.

The AP report says that the WHO was trying to coax more information from China, by lauding them in public. However, this negligence led to infection spreading across the world over 180 countries.

The WHO has shrugged off any charges of lapses, and claimed they don’t want to get involved in politics.