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Rubio: China hid coronavirus data, leading to 'faster and further' spread
Marco Rubio: China’s coronavirus secrecy has cost lives
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., discusses coronavirus and China, quarantining America, and treatments and relief.
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Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday accused the Chinese government of hiding key information about the novel coronavirus — including falsifying data on case numbers — while blaming the country's lack of transparency for leading to a deadly global pandemic.
The Florida Republican and China hawk said that rather than take the necessary steps to alert the world to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, China withheld pivotal information, squandering time that could have been used to mitigate the spread of the infection.
"As far as the death toll is concerned, we don't know what the number is," Rubio told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo. "I actually think they don’t know what the number is. But it is almost certainly substantially higher than the number they have publicly disclosed, both on the infection rate and the death rate."