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US doubts Chinese data on coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US “does not really trust the information coming from China” about the number of cases of coronavirus, CNBC reports citing a senior administration official.

The official also said that China “continues to reject US offers of assistance.”

According to the PRC State Health Committee, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in mainland China is more than 63.8 thousand. The death toll from coronavirus in the country has reached 1380.

Researchers were skeptical of official data. In an article published last month in the medical journal Lancet, it said that as of January 25, there were already more than 75 thousand cases of the disease in China.

Director of the US National Economic Council Larry Cadlow also said on Thursday that China does not appear to be particularly transparent about the outbreak, the agency Reuters said.

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