The attorney General of the U.S. state of Missouri Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the Chinese authorities because of the pandemic coronavirus infection, reported on its website on April 21.
A lawsuit against the Chinese government, the Communist party of the country, officials and agencies of China filed in Federal district court, Eastern district of Missouri.
According to Schmitt, the Chinese government withheld information and denied the facts of transmission of the coronavirus that caused the pandemic and have made little effort to contain it.
The Prosecutor stated that the pandemic directly affected Missouri, where thousands of people got sick and many died (according to data from Johns Hopkins University on April 22, in the state of coronavirus infected 6142 people, of whom 229 died).
“Families were separated with dying loved ones, small businesses have closed their doors, and those who live from paycheck to paycheck, struggling to feed their families”, – the statement says Schmitt.
He believes that the Chinese government must be held accountable for their actions.
The amount of the claim is not called.
The newspaper USA Today reported that Missouri was the first state that has filed a lawsuit to China. The edition with reference to the legal experts said that such trials are “extremely difficult” because China is protected by sovereign immunity. This is the principle in international law whereby a sovereign state is not subject to the authorities of other States.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Johns Hopkins University, coronavirus in the world has infected more than 2,56 million people, 177,5 thousand of them died, 686 thousand recovered.
USA ranks first in the world in the number of infections and deaths from COVID-19. There was more than 825 thousand cases of infection, 45 063 people died.