By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Mar. 18: China has been sued with a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Thursday for allegedly covering up the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic during its initial stages, for their economic interest and putting the rest of the world in grave danger.
The plaintiffs, residents of Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County, and The Pitching Lab LLC sued China’s National Health Commission, Ministry of Emergency Management, Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Government of Hubei Province and the Government of Wuhan for alleged negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, strict liability for conducting ultra-hazardous activity, and public nuisance.
The lawsuit stated, “The PRC and other Defendants, acting from their own economic self-interest and looking to protect their place as a super-power, failed to report the outbreak as quickly as they could have; underreported cases; and failed to contain the outbreak despite knowing the seriousness of the situation”.
It further said that China censored whistle blowers including doctors and downplayed dangers of the virus even though the authorities knew that the disease spread from human to human at an early stage of the outbreak.
“As a direct and proximate result of Defendants’ nuisance, as described herein, Named Plaintiffs and the members of the classes have been injured and harmed, and have suffered damages and economic harms, and seek actual, special, and compensatory damages,” the lawsuit further said.
Globally, as of Wednesday, there are 204,831 positive cases and 8,272 deaths due to the COVID-19 virus.