Australia is demanding transparency from China in a proposed international investigation into the origins and spread of COVID-19.
Chinese authorities have been under pressure over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the pandemic.
Beijing has dismissed this criticism and has insisted it has been open about the contagion and did take responsible steps to warn the world about the dangers of COVID-19. The virus is thought to have originated at an animal market in Wuhan.
However, Australia has now joined calls for an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19 and how it spread around the world with such devastating speed.
Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that China’s actions should be thoroughly investigated.