Trump may demand compensation from China for Coronavirus damage

Trump may demand compensation from China for Coronavirus damage

US President Donald Trump has said that the coronavirus has spread all over the world from the Chinese city of Wuhan, so he can seek compensation from China, which could be a large sum of money.

"We are not happy with China, we are not happy with the whole situation because we think it could have been prevented," Donald Trump was quoted as saying during a briefing at the White House, according to AFP.

"We could have stopped it immediately and it doesn't spread all over the world," he said of the coronavirus.

"There are a number of ways to determine who is responsible, and we are conducting some serious investigations that are well known," he said.

Donald Trump was asked, citing a statement in a German newspaper, which called on China to pay Germany  $165 billion because the virus had damaged the economy.

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To which the US President said, "We can make it easier. We can ask Germany for more money, but so far we have not determined the final amount."

Referring to the economic losses of the coronavirus, he said, "It has losses globally, the United States also has losses, but it is a loss to the whole world."

The coronavirus is thought to have spread to China in December last year, where thousands of people were infected and killed in the city of Wuhan in Hubei, prompting a long lockdown by the Chinese government.

China has cracked down on the coronavirus and economic activity has resumed, but security measures are being tightened.

The coronavirus spread to other countries after China earlier this year, affecting continental Europe the most, with millions of cases reported in Spain and Italy and thousands of deaths.

The United States has since become the epicenter of the coronavirus and is now the most affected country in the world, with 1,010,507 people infected with the coronavirus.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the United States has risen to 56,803, while lockdowns continue in several states, including New York.

The US economy is suffering due to the lockdown and in recent days the price of US oil has also gone to a record negative in the world market which experts are calling a bad omen.

The number of cases of coronavirus worldwide is currently 3,073,509 and the number of deaths has risen to 211,766 while the number of healthy people is 924,637.

It may be recalled that Donald Trump had earlier criticized China on the issue of coronavirus and held China responsible for it.

Trump has demanded that China allow an independent investigation into the virus to determine whether the virus was developed in a laboratory.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also reiterated his call for China to allow access to sensitive laboratories so that independent investigations can take place globally.

China has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating "Similar, baseless allegations concerning China's intelligence have been made more than once.

"We are fighting the virus at the moment and all our efforts are focused on fighting the virus and why there is talk of an investigation on such an occasion," he said. Rejecting the demand for an inquiry, he said it would not only divert attention but also divert resources.

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