CHINA MOCKS US CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE IN ANIMATED VIDEO (VIDEO)
CHINA MOCKS AMERICA'S CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE IN ANIMATED VIDEO(VIDEO)
A Chinese state media outlet has released an animated video titled "Once Upon a Virus" using Lego-like figures, mocking the United States' response to COVID-19.
The United States President, Donald Trump, has been in a war of words with China over the origin of COVID-19. Although the disease emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it has grown into a global pandemic.
Earlier, Donald Trump said his administration was trying to unravel the source of coronavirus. He said he was confident that the coronavirus was synthesized in a Chinese laboratory in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In the animation posted online by China's official Xinhua news agency, red curtains open to reveal a stage featuring Lego-like figures in the form of a terracotta warrior wearing a face mask and the Statue of Liberty.
"We discovered a new virus," says the warrior.
"So what?" replies the Statue of Liberty. "It's only a flu."
As the warrior issues warnings about the virus and counts off the grim milestones in China's outbreak, the Statue of Liberty replies dismissively with echoes of Trump's press conferences in which he played down the severity of the illness.
"Are you listening to yourselves?" asks the warrior as the statue begins to turn red with fever and gets hooked up to an intravenous drip.
"We are always correct, even though we contradict ourselves," the statue replies.
"That's what I love about you Americans, your consistency," says the warrior.
The video purports that the US did not heed warnings from the Chinese Government but later accused China of "giving false data".
Last month, US President Donald Trump accused both China and the World Health Organization (WHO) of a COVID-19 cover-up, saying "the world received all sorts of false information about transmission and mortality".
The video was also posted on Twitter by the Chinese embassy in France.
However, The US embassy in Canberra has not commented on the video at this time.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of Saturday, May 2, COVID-19 had claimed 239,448 lives, with more than 3.3 million cases confirmed worldwide.