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    The Trump administration previously accused Beijing of covering up crucial data at the beginning of the pandemic, while the US Senate has investigated allegations that the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) helped China carry out the alleged coverup.

    US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper stated in an interview with NBC on Thursday that the Chinese Communist Party was not sincere about the pandemic and tried to conceal crucial information from the United States.

    "They've been misleading us, they've been opaque if you will from the early days of this virus. So I don't have much faith that they're even being truthful with us now", he stated. 
    People wearing face masks are seen at a main shopping area after the lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, April 14, 2020
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    People wearing face masks are seen at a main shopping area after the lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, April 14, 2020

    In the meantime, the pandemic is ravaging the United States, which is currently the worst-hit country, with over 629,000 infected and almost 26,700 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    Meanwhile, China has reported 83,797 cases and 3,352 deaths in the country, according to the WHO, with zero fatalities during the last 24 hours.

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