WHO blasted for agreeing with China's claim it has had NO new coronavirus cases

China has begun to reopen as coronavirus restrictions were lifted and only a handful of infections were reported. But columnist and presenter Andrew Walker hit out at the state suggesting that it is still suffering from the coronavirus and has made the WHO an organ for its 'dishonesty'. He explained the WHO should not have agreed to China's reports of no new viruses and Prime Minister Boris Johnson should cut UK funding to the WHO.

Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Walker said: "In the case of the World Health Organisation, their behaviour towards to Taiwan, their dishonesty about the coronavirus.

"The WHO has issued a statement where it agrees with China when China says it has not had one single new case of coronavirus in three weeks.

"This is the place where coronavirus started, it has a population of 1.5billion, nobody with any intelligence whatsoever could genuinely believe that China has had no new cases in three weeks.

"The WHO is grossly dishonest. They've become an organ of the Chinese state.

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"I think Boris Johnson is shameful for confirming Britain will continue to fund them.

"Donald Trump is absolutely right, stop giving them money!"

His comments come as China's health authority called for a stronger and more rigorous testing regime to ensure that the new coronavirus does not escape detection, whether in travellers arriving from abroad or from other parts of the country.

All localities must improve their testing capabilities, including those at border crossings, and report any epidemic information in a timely manner, the National Health Commission cited its director Ma Xiaowei as saying. Ma made the comments on Saturday, but they were released by the ministry on Monday.

The new local cases have been driven by an influx of Chinese nationals coming home from abroad, particularly in Heilongjiang, which has seen a surge in citizens returning from Russia.

International flights to China have been slashed. In particular, flights to the Chinese capital have been diverted to other cities, some hundreds of kilometres away.

Between March 20 and April 19, 135 flights originally bound for Beijing landed in other cities, with 87% of the 29,999 passengers quarantined in the cities where they disembarked, Sun Shaohua, an official at the civil aviation regulator, told reporters on Monday.

New local cases have also been due to people arriving from central Hubei province, ground zero of the coronavirus outbreak in China, as well as infected people who until recently had shown no symptoms, such as a fever or a cough.

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