- “We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”
- The Chinese government has asked the United States to stop politicizing the epidemic.
- Trump is hoping to have schools reopen soon.
US President Donald Trump is once again blaming China for hiding information related to the spread of COVID-19, especially during the initial stages. The president says that the virus could have been stopped in China before spreading to other parts of the world. He has revealed that the United States government is undertaking investigations to get a clear picture of what happened.
“We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.” His criticism comes at a time when China is being targeted for its sloppy handling of the outbreak. Asked if America would be seeking damages from the East Asian nation, he said that America would be opting for a much easier process.
A German newspaper recently called upon China to pay $165 billion as reparation for the economic damage caused by the virus. In response, Trump said:
“Germany is looking at things, we are looking at things. We are talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about. We haven’t determined the final amount yet. It’s very substantial. This is worldwide damage. This is damage to the US, but this is damage to the world.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently remarked that Beijing most likely kept mum about the outbreak for a substantial amount of time. He additionally accused the Chinese government of failing to disclose the lethality of the malady during the initial stages. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying fired back at the allegations on Monday. He asked Pompeo to quit playing political games and instead focus on saving lives.
Trump has said that he expects schools to reopen soon after a prolonged shutdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This is while dismissing allegations made by his political rival, Joe Biden, that he’ll attempt to postpone the November elections. It is important to note that the president does not possess the power to unilaterally change the election date, which is due on November 3.
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have recommended that schools postpone reopening during this academic year. Some states have, however, recommended that learning institutions utilize distance learning programs. They include Kentucky, California, Maine, South Dakota, Idaho, and Tennessee.
Administrators will be tasked with implementing precautionary measures to keep the kids safe when schools reopen. They will include having everyone wear a mask. Assemblies, as well as sports events, will also be cancelled. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House COVID-19 medical task force, recently told reporters that the school reopening situation was unpredictable.
Meanwhile, in China, schools have reopened in some of the nation’s largest cities. Some learning institutions in Shanghai and Beijing are already open. In the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, high schools are set to reopen on May 6.