The State Department wants China to be more transparent about the current outbreak of COVID-19, the origin of the virus

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The US State Department called on China to be more transparent about the current COVID-19 outbreak and where the virus came from, hitting back at a Chinese official who called travel restrictions “unacceptable” on Tuesday .

“If the [People’s Republic of China] want to see countries do away with different requirements that have been put in place, there is a way to help make that happen and that is with more transparency,”

“Long before this COVID escalation in the PRC, we have consistently called for additional transparency from the PRC regarding COVID, including in the context of the origins of COVID,” Price said. “We think it’s very much in the world’s interest, but it’s also very much in the PRC’s interest to do that.”

China relaxed its “zero-COVID” strategy last month amid nationwide protests and emergencies, but health officials around the world have expressed skepticism about the official data come out of the country.

Passengers walk at the terminal hall of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, on March 23, 2022.

Passengers walk at the terminal hall of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, on March 23, 2022.
(Reuters/Tingshu Wang)

Marion Koopmans, a Dutch epidemiologist who sits on a World Health Organization committee that met with Chinese officials on Tuesday, told Reuters that the numbers released by China are “not very credible.”

“We want to see a more realistic picture of what’s going on,” Koopmans told the new outlet.

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At least a dozen countries, including the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Italy, have banned travel from China.

Masked passengers check their passports as they appear at the international flight check-in counter at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.

Masked passengers check their passports as they appear at the international flight check-in counter at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning criticized the restrictions on Tuesday, saying they have no “scientific basis”.

“We strongly reject the use of COVID measures for political reasons and will take corresponding measures in response to various situations based on the principle of relationship,” she told reporters.

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