Trump on COVID-19: either terrible mistake or incompetence
The spread of the deadly coronavirus across the globe from China was either a terrible mistake on the part of the Chinese or probably it was incompetence, U.S. President Donald Trump said.
"It (coronavirus) could have been stopped at the point. It could have been stopped right at the source. It would have been easy to do, but something happened. Something happened," he told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House.
"Either they made a terrible mistake - probably it was incompetence. Somebody was stupid and they did not do the job that they should have done. It is too bad," Economic Times cited the U.S. leader as saying.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
Over 3,800,000 people have been infected worldwide so far and more than 265,000 deaths have been reported. According to Russia’s anti-coronavirus crisis center, a total of 177,160 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 23,803 patients having recovered from the virus. Russia’s latest data indicates 1,625 fatalities nationwide.