US accuses China of lying about number of dead from coronavirus

China has tried to cover up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, US officials have claimed.

The People’s Republic has been accused of lying about the number of citizens killed by the airborne virus and the overall number of infections.

American officials have said a classified White House report on the issue has concluded China’s official figures are fake. Chinese authorities say the death toll at the outbreak’s epicentre of Wuhan was just over 3,000 but locals have said the number is closer to 42,000.

As thousands of urns are being put out every day by funeral homes across the city, more and more people are expressing doubts about Beijing’s figures. The US officials who asked not to be identified, said intelligence sources believe China’s reporting on the outbreak has been ‘intentionally incomplete’, reports Bloomberg.

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