Missouri filed a lawsuit against China due to damage from coronavirus

Moscow. April 22. INTERFAX.RU — the American state of Missouri filed a lawsuit against Beijing in connection with its reaction to COVID-19 and required to pay damages to compensate for the “huge loss of life, human suffering and economic turmoil” caused by the pandemic, reports The Hill.

“COVID-19 has caused irreparable damage to countries around the world, causing illness, death, economic turmoil and human suffering,” — said in a published lawsuit of the attorney General of Missouri Eric Schmitt.

the attorney General added that in Missouri, the impact of the virus real — thousands of people were infected, many died, and small businesses are closed.

in Addition to damages, the claim requires Missouri to formally involve Beijing responsible for alleged concealment of the seriousness of the pandemic coronavirus and the subsequent handling of the outbreak within the borders of China.

“during the critical first weeks of the outbreak, the Chinese government deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, was arrested informants, refused to recognize the fact of transmission of the virus from person to person in the face of growing evidence, destroyed vital medical research, allowed millions of people exposed to the virus, and even kept personal protective equipment, thereby causing a global pandemic, which was unnecessary and avoidable,” continues Schmitt.

According to the afternoon Tuesday in the state have been infected more than six thousand people and more than 220 have died.

Beijing has been criticized by lawmakers in Washington and throughout the United States in connection with allegations that he understated the extent of initial outbreaks in China.

Nearly two dozen legislators-Republicans demanded Monday that the US President administration Donald trump gave a case against China to the international court. Several private groups also initiated their own lawsuits against China’s due coronaviruses.

China has rejected criticism about his handling of the coronavirus, calling the comments of American legislators useless.

“the International community can defeat the virus only if it can remain United and cooperate to make concerted efforts. Attacking and discrediting others, we’re just wasting time and can’t save the lives lost,” said foreign Ministry spokesman China Geng Shuang Fox News channel.