Pompeo: Countries need to ‘step up’ and provide accurate coronavirus data
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on a number of countries to provide clear and accurate data about the coronavirus outbreak within their borders so that the worldwide risk from the pandemic can be estimated.
“When you hear doctors Fauci and Birx talk about risk and talk about fatalities trying to think about how to model, what they need is data. And they need data from Italy, data from China, data from Iran,” Pompeo told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday, referring to White House task force members Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx.
“We need every country to step up and provide accurate, transparent information. And we can’t have that if we have disinformation instead. More lives will be at risk not only today but in the weeks ahead as we battle this enormous challenge,” he added.
China, where the virus broke out in December in the city of Wuhan, has reported 82,272 cases, according to the Communist Party. The Chinese government has said that the outbreak is beginning to stabilize, but those claims are being met with skepticism.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has called out Beijing for spreading disinformation and said coronavirus cases in the country have been downplayed by a “factor of 15 to 40 times.”
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