New Delhi: Days after expressing confidence that coronavirus was originated from a lab in Wuhan, US President Donald Trump on Thursday once again trained gun on China saying the world got a very bad ‘gift’ from the country. Also Read - Engaged With China to Peacefully Resolve Ladakh Standoff: MEA on Donald Trump's Offer of Mediation
“All over the world the coronaVirus, a very bad gift from China, marches on. Not good!,” Trump said in a tweet. Also Read - After Trump's Offer to Mediate, UN Urges China, India to 'Avoid Any Action That Increases Tension at LAC'
“We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000, he said.
The statement from Trump comes as the US reached the painful milestone of 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths – the highest in the world – on Wednesday.
“To all of the families and friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!,”he said.
According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus has impacted all age groups and communities in the US. Asian Americans accounts for 4.7 per cent of the total coronavirus cases and Black Americans 26.3 per cent.
Globally more than 355,000 people have died and over 5.6 million tested positive. In the United States more than 1.7 million Americans have tested positive with COVID 19.
Earlier this month, Trump had said that the novel coronavirus emerged from a virology lab in the Wuhan city of China. Further, he also threatened China with fresh tariffs.
“Yes, I have. Yes, I have,” Trump told reporters at the East Room of the White House when asked if he has seen anything at this point that gives him a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is where the virus originated.
However, Trump did not say his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is responsible for the outbreak. “I don’t want to say that, I don’t want to say that, but certainly it could have been stopped. It came out of China and it could have been stopped and I wish they had stopped it and so does the whole world wish they had stopped it,” he said.