The administration of US President Donald Trump has advised the Chinese government to open up on how the coronavirus pandemic started in the Asian country.
The coronavirus first broke out late last year in Wuhan, China, and has spread to other parts of the world with thousands now recorded dead and many infected.
Trump, who has suspended funding of the World Health Organization (WHO) over the way they handled the initial stages of the virus, was quoted by Aljazeera as saying: “We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened”.
Speaking after a press conference by Trump, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, told Fox News: “We know this virus originated in Wuhan, China,” and noted that the Institute of Virology was only a handful of miles from the market, where people first came down with the disease.
“We really need the Chinese government to open up” and help explain “exactly how this virus spread,” Pompeo added.
“The Chinese government needs to come clean.”
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