HANOI - Vietnam's Ministry of Health on Friday morning confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 infection, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 233.
"We recommend in the near future that diplomatic missions in China suspend people returning to Beijing or rotations", said spokeswoman Hua Chunying, adding that the measure aimed purely at epidemic prevention and control.
China's reporting has been intentionally incomplete, with some intelligence officials describing Beijing's numbers as fake, reported Bloomberg, which highlighted the classified intelligence document sent to the White House last week.
"Workers in protective wear paused silently beside barriers at one residential community - a reminder that there are still tight restrictions on everyday life across Wuhan".
The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 81,620 by Thursday, including 1,727 patients who were still being treated, 76,571 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,322 people who died of the disease.
"We advocate people staying home and having small-scale memorials at home to remember the dead", Fan Yu, an official with China's department of social affairs, said this week.
"Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side, and I'm being nice when I say that", he said. "Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data, now that what we see happened to Italy and see what happened to Spain". "Not so much the numbers as what they did and how they're doing". "I am not an accountant from China".
The National Security Council at the White House also has accused the Communist Party of launching disinformation campaigns around the world and retaliating against Chinese citizens who wanted to tell the public about the coronavirus.
The world's two leading financial institutions have warned of dire economic disruptions as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, with record number of deaths and infections reported in Europe and the United States. The evidence suggests that is far too low.
Newsweek has contacted the Chinese embassy for comment and will update this article with any response.
There might not be radical shifts in US-China policy during the next several months, but China's cover-up and disinformation campaign will colour the relationship going forward, according to Dan Blumenthal, director of Asian studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
"They should abandon such politicising of public health issues". Since then, the virus has spread to all corners of the globe, sickening more than a million, killing over 55,000 people and paralysing the world economy.
Mainland China reported 31 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including two locally transmitted infections, the country's National Health Commission said today. Some 2,567 people have died in the city of 11 million people, accounting for more than 75% of the country's coronavirus fatalities.
It reported the first case of the disease after initial suppressing concerns and information about the novel coronavirus.