China on Monday, Feb. 3, accused the United States of creating and spreading fear following a coronavirus outbreak, instead of offering assistance, even though on Jan. 30, Beijing agreed to finally let the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts join the WHO team at the epicenter of the coronavirus in Wuhan.
Reuters citing Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the United States has “unceasingly manufactured and spread panic” by pulling its citizens out of China and imposing travel curbs.
The United States was the first nation to suggest partial withdrawal of its embassy staff and imposed a ban on Chinese travelers, the spokeswoman said.
“All it has done could only create and spread fear, which is a bad example,” Hua said, adding that Beijing hoped countries would make reasonable, calm and science-based judgements.
Hua also criticized the United States for lack of help, saying the U.S. government has so far yet to provide any substantial assistance to China.
However, President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said the United States has offered to give assistance to China as the the president mentioned on the weekend, but Beijing had not yet accepted the aid.
Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) released updated figures of 362 deaths (all are from China) and 17,489 confirmed cases as of Feb. 3, including 17,306 cases from mainland China.
The U.N.’s health agency said the number of cases will keep growing because tests are pending on thousands of suspected cases.