Trump say feds developing new guidelines for virus risk

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Trump said the new plans would be drawn up "in close coordination" with health experts.

"The virus respects no borders", the leaders said in a statement.

"China tells you numbers", he continued, adding, "I am sure you are not able to tell what China is testing or not testing".

COVID-19 has spread to roughly 170 countries, killing over 21,000 and sickening 4.7 lakh.

President Trump was responding to a question on allegations by Republican Senator Marco Rubio that the World Health Organization showed "favouritism" to China where the disease originated.

Besides Senator Rubio, Congressperson Michael McCaul also questioned the integrity of WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"It (WHO) has been very, very much sided with China".

The announcement came ahead of the White House's regular news conference on its response to the pandemic.

Trump was asked if he agreed that the WHO showed favouritism and the USA should re-explore its relationship with the Geneva-based United Nations health agency once the dust settles.

"I talk about the "Chinese virus" and I mean it - that's where it came from", he said at the White House briefing, before praising Asian Americans.

Senator Josh Hawley echoed Steube's view and demanded the same.

"There need to be consequences here. WHO has sided with China Communist Party against the world in this pandemic", he said in another tweet.

World Health Organization chief has faced criticism for praising China's leadership for its "determination to end the new coronavirus outbreak".

The message was quickly taken up by various Chinese ambassadors, who seem to have discovered Twitter as a channel to propagate Beijing's official point of view.

Ghebreyesus had gone to China in January to meet President Xi and a WHO team comprising of global health experts was working in the country.

When he visited China in January, Tedros praised the nation's "seriousness" and "transparency" in tackling the outbreak.

"We should be cooperating at a time when China has learned a lot about this virus, and instead we're engaging in this name-calling", said Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.

Washington is justified in criticizing Beijing for covering up the early stages of the outbreak by concealing reports of the virus and detaining doctors who sounded early alarms, according to China experts.

He also dismissed criticism that his labelling it as the "Chinese virus" was racist. Data shows the US has the most confirmed cases in the world now at 83,097, according to Worldometer, which tallies from Johns Hopkins University and recent media reports.

Almost 3.3 million people officially have filed for unemployment and the total number could be even greater. The first Covid-19 cases were registered in Wuhan around 17 November.



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