China Cares More About Its Reputation, Reported Inaccurate COVID-19 Figures: Nikki Haley
Indian-American politician Nikki Haley has cast doubt on the accuracy of China's official coronavirus figures, terming them "clearly not accurate", amidst reports that the CIA has advised the White House not to trust the data being provided by Beijing.
US President Donald Trump also told reporters on Wednesday that he did not believe the figures given by China. "Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side," Trump said at a press conference.
"China has reported only 82,000 coronavirus cases & 3,300 deaths in a nation of 1.5 billion people. This is clearly not accurate," Ms Haley, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a tweet on Thursday.
As compared to China, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the US on Thursday jumped to 240,000 and the fatalities rose to 5,800.
"China cares more about its reputation than helping the rest of the world defeat a virus that was started in their country," Ms Haley said, amidst news reports that the CIA is doing an independent assessment of COVID-19 figures in China and has advised the White House not to believe the numbers being provided by Beijing.