March 24, 2020 / 11:14 PM / 14 days ago

Pompeo says China still withholding coronavirus information

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday sharpened his criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying its ruling Communist Party was still denying the world information it needs to prevent further cases.

In an interview with the Washington Watch radio program, Pompeo repeated previous charges that Beijing’s delay in sharing information about the virus had created risks to people worldwide and said this had “truly put thousands of lives at risk.”

“My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again,” Pompeo added. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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