But as China appears to be turning a page on the virus, new questions are being raised about how much the numbers being reported can be trusted, and whether the worst of the outbreak has truly passed. That was a suggestion Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying angrily refutedThursday, saying the country "has been giving open, transparent and timely updates to the world."
"On international public health security, we should listen to World Health Organization and experts on epidemiology and disease control rather than several politicians who are habitual liars," she said. "In fact, just yesterday, a senior WHO official refuted unwarranted accusations on 'China's untransparent data' in a press conference in Geneva." She accused officials in the US of trying to "shift the blame" due to the "severe situation" that country is facing.