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5,000 Americans Sued China Over Covid-19,Demand Several Billions As Compensation

About 5,000 Americans infected or whose relatives died because Covid-19 signed a lawsuit demanding Chinese government compensation of several billion dollars.

According to the April 20 statement of the Berman Law Group based in Miami, Florida, the Chinese government must pay compensation for knowing about Covid-19 but not promptly informing the rest of the world. . On its website, law firm Berman said its lawsuit was filed March 12 and is currently pending in South Florida district court.

The lawsuit "seeks billions of dollars in compensation for people suffering personal loss, undue death, property damage and other damages caused by China not preventing Covid-19 even if it is able to prevent prevent disease in the early stages ".
Berman said they "want to fight for the rights of people and businesses across Florida and other parts of the country, who have been infected by the virus, have to take care of their loved ones, face financial catastrophes, distance themselves." community and quarantine. "
"Our lawsuit refers to those who have been physically harmed by exposure to viruses as well as Chinese commercial activity in fresh markets," said Berman Law Group spokesman, adding that taking into account By the end of March, more than 5,000 Americans had signed the lawsuit.
In response to this information, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Canh Shuang said at a news conference in Beijing yesterday that Washington had not compensated anyone after the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, which was first discovered in America. 

Another lawsuit was filed in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, claiming China pay billions of dollars in damages to five local businesses. According to the lawsuit, the Chinese government should share more information about nCoV, but they threatened doctors, scientists, journalists, lawyers and spread Covid-19.

However, Stephen L Carte, a law professor at Yale University, said that as a country, China will not have to pay compensation for such claims, regardless of any allegations.

The Chinese government has repeatedly denied hiding information in the early days of the crisis, saying it immediately reported an outbreak of the disease to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, experts say that China's rigid control causes early warnings to be "stifled".

An investigation published last week by the AP showed that the head of China's National Health Commission Ma Xiaoping described a "serious and complex" situation he compared to the SARS pandemic of 2003. in a closed meeting with health officials of Hubei Province on January 14. However, it was not until January 20 that the Chinese government warned the public of a potential pandemic and only sealed off Wuhan three days later.

The Henry Jackson Association, a conservative institute in the UK, earlier this month suggested that G7 countries could sue China for more than $ 6.3 trillion in damages. John Sawers, former director of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency, also said that the Chinese government was responsible for the pandemic because of its early efforts to hide the crisis.
"Many Americans are very angry because what they see is caused by China for all of us and Beijing is avoiding responsibility for the origin of the virus, and not stopping the disease in the first place," Sawers said. .
The German newspaper Bild published a "bill" for China, claiming 24 billion euros (nearly 26 billion dollars) for travel revenue lost in March and April, 50 billion euros (more than 54 billion dollars). ) for small businesses, and an additional 149 billion euros (more than 161 billion USD) if Germany's GDP decreases by 4.2% in 2020 as expected.
"The government and his scientists have long known that nCoV is highly contagious, but it still does not give the world the information. His top experts did not respond when Western researchers. request to know what is happening in Wuhan, "the newspaper wrote in an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Covid-19 appeared in 210 countries and territories after the onset in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province of China in December 2019. The disease has caused nearly 2.5 million people infected and more than 170,000 died. The United States and many European countries such as Italy, Spain, England, France and Germany suffered heavy losses during this global pandemic.

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