A top White House official has likened China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak to the Soviet Union’s cover-up of the meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986.
- National security adviser Robert O’Brien said China tried to cover up the coronavirus outbreak
- He said Beijing’s actions would “go down in history, along with Chernobyl”
- Beijing has accused the US of spreading lies and attacking China
National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Beijing knew what was happening
with the virus, which originated in Wuhan, from November, but lied to
the World Health Organization and prevented outside experts from
“They unleashed a virus on
the world that’s destroyed trillions of dollars in American economic
wealth that we’re having to spend to keep our economy alive, to keep
Americans afloat during this virus,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We’ll see an HBO special about it 10 or 15 years from now.”
to Johns Hopkins University data, there are more than 5.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 345,000 deaths.
US President Donald Trump regularly complains about China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
At a press conference earlier this month he accused China of manufacturing the virus in a Wuhan lab.
“They could’ve kept it, they could’ve stopped it but they didn’t. They stopped planes from going to China but they didn’t stop them from going
to the rest of the world,” he said.
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “a significant amount of evidence” that the new coronavirus emerged from a Chinese laboratory.