China: US 'telling barefaced lies' over coronavirus- Live updates

China accused the United States of deflecting from their own 'poor epidemic prevention and control measures'.
  • China accused US politicians of telling lies to distract from their own performance, shortly after US President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on China. 
  • Worldwide, the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus has risen to more than three million, and at least 211,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some 894,000 people have recovered.
  • US President Donald Trump returned to his daily press briefings after a few days' absence to attack China over its handling of the coronavirus, saying his administration was conducting "serious investigations" into what happened.
  • The United Nations human rights chief has warned that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a "human rights disaster".
  • Here are the latest updates:

    Tuesday, April 28

    09:00 GMT - Egypt extends state of emergency on virus, security fears

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the renewal for three months of a long-running state of emergency, citing health as well as security concerns.

    The country has been under a state of emergency since April 2017 when twin church bombings claimed by an Islamic State group affiliate killed dozens of people.

    The new extension comes as the government battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the Arab world's most populous country.

    The health ministry has so far recorded 4,782 COVID-19 cases in the population of 100 million.

    08:50 GMT - US politicians 'telling barefaced lies' over coronavirus pandemic: China

    Beijing has accused US politicians of "telling barefaced lies" over the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe, after President Donald Trump threatened to seek damages from China for the outbreak.
    "They have only one objective: shirk their responsibility for their own poor epidemic prevention and control measures, and divert public attention," said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a press briefing.

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