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China's top COVID-19 expert claims the West has 'insulted' Beijing over coronavirus cover-up 

Beijing's renowned coronavirus expert has claimed that the West 'insulted' China by accusing the country of covering up its true scale of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Zhong Nanshan, the public face of the country's fight against the deadly disease, denied such claims and said that China would use facts to prove its transparency.

China, where the pandemic began, has faced a fierce backlash from other countries – particularly the US – over its suspiciously low numbers of infections and deaths caused by the killer bug.

Zhong Nanshan (pictured on February 27), the public face of the country's fight against the deadly disease, denied such claims and said that China would use facts to prove itself

China, where the pandemic began, has faced a fierce backlash from other countries – particularly the US – over its suspiciously low numbers of infections and deaths caused by the killer bug. This picture taken on May 25 shows volunteers checking a resident's temperature

Pictured, a medical worker wearing full protective gear gestures as he prepares to take swab samples from a journalist before the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress

It comes as US President Donald Trump lashed out on China once again during a briefing last Friday, blaming China not being transparent enough about the 'Wuhan' virus, which is what he has called the coronavirus.

'China's cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives,' he said.

The Associated Press revealed on Tuesday that the WHO officials were frustrated by significant delays in the information sharing by Beijing when the coronavirus outbreak erupted in China in January. 

In an interview with state broadcaster CCTV today, the Chinese senior medical adviser claimed that China was thoroughly transparent and timely in releasing coronavirus data with the world.

US President Donald Trump (pictured on May 29) continuously blamed China not being transparent enough about the 'Wuhan' virus, which is what he has called the coronavirus 

It comes as the Associated Press revealed on Tuesday that the WHO officials were frustrated by significant delays in the information sharing by Beijing when the coronavirus outbreak erupted in China in January. Pictured: WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu

Beijing's renowned coronavirus expert has claimed that the West 'insulted' China by accusing the country of covering up its true scale of the COVID-19 outbreak. This file picture taken on February 6 shows medical staff work in the isolated intensive care unit in a hospital in Wuhan

'The US has the highest infection rate and death rate. [Such rates in] European countries are also quite high,' said Mr Zhong. 'Only China comes last and has the lowest rates.

'Therefore, they conclude that we are hiding because of such low rates.'

The 83-year-old epidemiologist added that the results of Wuhan's recent mass coronavirus testing aligned with the official figures released by the Chinese government.

The former epicentre of 11million people, recently screened nearly 10 million residents for COVID-19 within nearly three weeks after a new cluster of infection emerged.

The local government claimed on Tuesday that they found no confirmed COVID-19 infections during the process.

But officials recorded 300 asymptomatic patients, those who show no symptoms but can still spread the virus.

The former epicentre of 11million people, recently screened nearly 10 million residents for COVID-19 within nearly three weeks after a new cluster of infection emerged. A group of residents wearing face masks wait in line for nucleic acid testing in Wuhan on May 15

A 'mysterious' cluster of COVID-19 infections has ravaged a Chinese region of over 100 million residents as footage captures throngs of hazmat-clad workers conduct mass-testing on the citizens under Wuhan-style lockdown. Pictured, medical workers wait to be disinfected as they line up to submit the COVID-19 samples in Jilin on Sunday

Referring to the mass-testing in Wuhan, Mr Zhong said: 'It again shows, with facts, that we indeed have such low infection rates.

'We did not hide anything. It's all true,' he added.

'Foreign countries insult us by saying cover-up, we don't need to explain to them.

'We explain with facts,' Mr Zhong claimed.

His remarks came as Wuhan, where the pandemic began, has announced zero active confirmed cases in the city for the second time after it has discharged all seven patients who contracted the bug from an infection cluster in May.

The former epicentre claimed zero confirmed infections for the first time in late April. But fears of a new crisis erupted after Wuhan reported a new cluster of infection on May 10.  

he former epicentre claimed zero confirmed infections for the first time in late April. But fears of a new crisis erupted after Wuhan reported a new cluster of infection on May 10. An airline worker wearing a face mask checks the body temperature of passengers in Wuhan's airport

China plans to release a white paper on the country's progress in fighting the coronavirus outbreak this Sunday, according to Chinese media. Residents wearing face masks are pictured riding bicycles in Chaoyang District, the central business district in Beijing on May 26

Five new confirmed COVID-19 infections were reported in China today. They were all said to be imported cases from inbound travellers.

A total of 61 imported patients are being treated in hospital, according to China's Health Commission. There are also 66 active domestic infections in the country.

The deadly disease has infected 83,027 people in China and claimed at least 4,634 deaths. 

China plans to release a white paper on the country's progress in fighting the coronavirus outbreak this Sunday, according to Chinese media. 

Globally, nearly 6.5million people have contracted the killer bug and over 383,000 people have died.

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