US President Trump had threatened Beijing with consequences: the corona virus could have been stopped in China. The Federal State of Missouri has now filed a first lawsuit.
Missouri is the first US state to sue the Chinese government for the coronavirus pandemic. Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday accused Beijing of “lying” to the world about lung disease Covid-19 and doing too little to contain the virus. This has led to illnesses, deaths and economic damage worldwide and also in Missouri.
The Chinese government was guilty of dangerous behavior and breach of duty, Schmitt said. She must be held accountable for her actions. The proceedings could lead to claims for damages against China.
“Irreparable damage” due to corona virus
The Attorney General said that Covid-19 caused “irreparable damage” worldwide: illness, death, economic damage and human suffering. “In Missouri, the effects of the virus are very real – thousands have been infected and many have died.” In addition, small businesses would have to shut down, many people would have great difficulty getting “food on the table”.
The lawsuit is directed against the Chinese government, the Chinese Communist Party, a number of ministries, the regional government of Hubei Province, and the Wuhan city administration, among others, where the virus first appeared. The lawsuit was filed in a US federal court in Missouri.
Trump has previously made serious allegations against the country
“During the crucial weeks of the initial outbreak, the Chinese authorities misled the public, suppressed vital information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human portability despite growing evidence, destroyed critical medical research, and allowed millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded protective clothing, “says the lawsuit. This triggered a “global pandemic” that was “unnecessary and could have been prevented”.
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In Missouri, more than 6,000 people have already tested positive for the corona virus. More than 220 people lost their lives. Across the United States, more than 810,000 infections and more than 43,000 deaths have been confirmed – more than in any other country in the world.
US President Donald Trump and his government have repeatedly made serious allegations against China in the coronavirus pandemic. Other countries also accuse Beijing of a lack of transparency, especially at the beginning of the crisis. China has rejected Western countries’ criticism of its crisis management and denies allegations that it has covered up the scale of the epidemic in its own country.