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    In first presidential debate, Donald Trump questions India's coronavirus data

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    Trump was responding to heated criticism from his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who blamed Trump for the heavy Covid-19 toll in the United States which has recorded more than 200,000 deaths and more than seven million infections.

    US elections: Trump accuses India, China and Russia of not giving a ‘straight count’ on COVID deaths
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    CLEVELAND: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday questioned the credibility of India's statistics on Covid-19 deaths, lumping in the US partner with nemeses China and Russia during a fiery pre-election debate.

    Trump was responding to heated criticism from his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who blamed Trump for the heavy Covid-19 toll in the United States which has recorded more than 200,000 deaths and more than seven million infections.

    "When you talk about numbers you don't know how many people died in China, you don't know how many people died in Russia, you don't know how many people died in India," Trump said at the debate in Cleveland.

    "They don't exactly give you a straight count," he said.

    Trump said that "millions" could have died without his actions and again blamed the pandemic on China, which initially suppressed news of the disease when it emerged late last year.

    US leaders frequently criticize China and Russia but it is rare for them to take a negative tone on India, a growing US partner.

    Trump in February paid a visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who shares some of Trump's nationalist orientation, with the two leaders addressing a packed stadium together.

    India officially has more than 6.1 million coronavirus cases, second only to the US.

    But India's lead pandemic agency said Tuesday that the real number could be more than 60 million, basing its findings on blood tests in the densely populated country.
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    43 Comments on this Story

    Shradha bebarta22 days ago
    Well, what about the fact when Trump blatantly suggested that if we cut down testing across the USA, there will be no cases?
    Shilpy 22 days ago
    usa covid deaths per million population is on par with europe. i dont get why biden makes a deal of specially when he opposed trump's travel ban from china, which biden did so vehemently, even calling trump ugly names for it like xenophobic and racist etc - background fact: china bribed biden's son handsomely.
    Chamarajanagar Nagaraju22 days ago
    Each one of us has to have to recognize how many of known people around contacted and how many succumbed. In my case I know 4 of my relatives contacted and recovered. Hence please do not say the data is suspect without verifying in your own surroundings. If people who do not show symptoms but develop resistance, one should be happy instead of using it to down grade covid fight.
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