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Trump casts doubt on China death toll as IMF issues Asia warning

Donald Trump has again questioned China’s transparency over the coronavirus outbreak, casting doubt on the origins of the virus and number of cases, while signalling the US would soon join countries across Europe in easing its lockdown.

“Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?” the US president said, when asked about the severity of the US death toll at a White House press briefing.

“We report everything, we’re reporting the cases and our reporting is good. We’re reporting every death.”

Meanwhile the IMF said on Thursday Asia’s economic growth would grind to a halt for the first time in 60 years, as the crisis takes an “unprecedented” toll on the service sector and major export destinations