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Trump wades further into China Covid-19 row as focus turns to easing lockdowns

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US president asks ‘do you really believe those numbers?’ and provokes angry response from editor of Global Times by repeating claims virus came from a lab

Donald Trump has again questioned China’s transparency over the coronavirus outbreak, casting doubt on the origins of the virus and number of cases, while signalling the US would soon join countries across Europe in easing its lockdown.

“Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?” the US president said, when asked about the severity of the US death toll at a White House press briefing. “We report everything, we’re reporting the cases and our reporting is good. We’re reporting every death.”

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