China Media Calls Coronavirus a 'U.S. Epidemic,' Warns of Risk to World

A Chinese state-controlled newspaper has hit out at President Donald Trump's administration for its mishandling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, describing the disease as a "U.S. epidemic" and warning that the administration's failure poses a threat to the rest of the world.

Global Times, owned by the People's Daily newspaper which is the official publication of the Chinese Communist Party, said in an editorial published Friday that that the U.S. outbreak is "completely out of control."

The U.S. recorded more than 55,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a new record for the pandemic which began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December. U.S. cases are skyrocketing amid a fractured national response, hamstrung by politicization of response measures plus a confused White House approach.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci said last week that the U.S. may soon be recording 100,000 new cases each day if the current trend is not reversed. His warning came even as some states continued to relax lockdown measures introduced to slow the spread.

On Saturday, Trump said his administration had "made a lot of progress" controlling the pandemic, even as the seven-day average of U.S. cases set a record for the 26th straight day, The Washington Post reported. More than 129,000 Americans have so far died from COVID-19 with 2.8 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

"People doubt whether the U.S. government is making utmost efforts to rein in the virus and save more American lives," Global Times said, noting the apparent prioritization of economic recovery over rising case numbers and deaths.

Global Times is often used to air the most belligerent and nationalistic sentiment from within the CCP while maintaining at least an element of separation from the regime.

Global Times and other state-run publications have been at the forefront of China's effort to dodge blame for the pandemic and malign the response of liberal democracies. China acted fast to bring its own outbreak under control, but is accused of underreporting its own figures and failing to adequately warn the international community of the threat posed by the COVID-19 strain.

China will now be a key part of the 2020 election, in which former Vice President Joe Biden will seek to unseat Trump. Both have been honing their anti-Beijing credentials in recent months.

"Lies are dominating U.S. society's recognition of the epidemic," Global Times said. "Political parties have put their interests in campaigning in the first place, which has distorted the society's attention and allocation of resources. The U.S. fight against the virus is paralyzed. There is no national strategy to alleviate the epidemic. Political calculations have stunted the battle against COVID-19."

Many of the initially worst affected nations have now stemmed their outbreaks, though experts have warned that second waves are likely as lockdown measures are eased and some regions approach their annual flu seasons.

The Trump administration's failure to bring the virus under control has led European nations to retain travel restrictions on the U.S. Where the virus' spread has been slowed, leaders are wary of importing American carriers.

Global Times claimed this situation will continue while the U.S. is still grappling with coronavirus and failing to reduce transmission "In the coming fall and winter, the U.S. epidemic will likely run rampant, and more countries and regions will be forced to suffer because of the U.S.," the newspaper said.

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