England’s PM Johnson Believes China Lied: Had 15X-40X More Coronavirus Cases
Boris Johnson's government has reportedly warned that China could have up to 40 times more cases than it has revealed. United Kingdom officials reported on Sunday they are sending a warning to Beijing; it faces a "reckoning" once the COVID-19 crisis is over.
Re-occurring reports in the press describe the British as being reportedly furious with China's handling of the coronavirus. The Mail, a United Kingdom newspaper reported on Sunday; government officials believe China is spreading disinformation about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in its country. UK officials also believe China is trying to expand its economic power by offering help to other countries that are trying to combat the virus.
The newspaper says scientists have warned Johnson that China could have downplayed its number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus "by a factor of 15 to 40 times." China has reported 81,439 at the time of writing.
The newspaper quoted three UK officials, who all reported fury within Johnson's government. One was quoted as saying…
"It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement."
Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organization has lavished praise on China’s government for its transparency during the pandemic.
The UK’s Mail adds that Johnson's government is so angry with China's handling of the crisis that the prime minister could abandon his previous decision to let Chinese telecom company Huawei develop the UK's 5g network. Johnson angered President Donald Trump by giving Huawei a limited but significant role in improving the country's infrastructure.
President Trump reportedly was so angry over the Huawei decision that he, after "apoplectic" phone call with Johnson last month he hung up on the Prime Minister.
One Cabinet minister quoted by the Mail on Sunday said…
"We can't stand by and allow the Chinese state's desire for secrecy to ruin the world's economy and then come back as nothing has happened.
"We're allowing companies like Huawei not just into our economy, but is a crucial part of our infrastructure.
'This needs to be reviewed urgently, as does any strategically important infrastructure that relies on Chinese supply chains."
Johnson has written to every household in the United Kingdom urging people to continue following strict social distancing rules…
"We know things will get worse before they get better."
"But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost, and the sooner life can return to normal."
The prime minister earlier this week introduced a lockdown, telling people only to leave their homes for essential reasons and giving UK police are now empowered to fine citizens that refuse to comply.
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