The Chinese foreign ministry sent a tweet on Monday suggesting there were “growing doubts over the US government’s handling of the #COVID19.”

“When did the first infection occur in the US?” the foreign ministry asked. “Is the US government hiding something? Why they opt to blame others? American people and the international community need an answer from the US government.”

The foreign ministry did not elaborate on the assertions. Newsweek has contacted the State Department to request comment on the accusations.
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The Chinese Communist Party has attempted to dodge blame for the pandemic—which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan—partially by accusing Western nations, most prominently the U.S., of mishandling its spread.