A class-action lawsuit accusing China of creating coronavirus (Covid-19) as a biological weapon to unleash on the world has been filed in the US.
The lawsuit was filed in March in Dallas, Texas federal court by conservative attorney Larry Klayman, his group Freedom Watch and Buzz Photos, a Texas-based company that specializes in high school sports photography.
The petitioners want the Chinese government to be compelled to pay $20 trillion, accusing it of what they term as "callous and reckless indifference and malicious acts", according to The Dallas Morning News.
Lawyer Klayman argues that the closure of schools and the cancellation of sporting activities due to the virus has greatly affected Buzz Photos’ business and is on the cusp of bankruptcy. He adds that the company has been forced to lay off workers.
"There is no reason why the American taxpayer should, contrary to the establishment in Washington, D.C., have to pay for the tremendous harm caused by the Chinese government," Klayman said in a statement.
"The Chinese people are good people, but their government is not and it must be made to pay dearly."
The lawyer claims that the disease was created and released by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, located in Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.
"Although it appears that the COVID-19 virus was released at an unplanned, unexpected time, it was prepared and stockpiled as a biological weapon to be used against China's perceived enemies, including by not limited to the people of the United States," the complaint states.
Covid-19 has so far spread to over 150 countries, infected over 900,000 people and killed 45,000 others with the US recording the highest number of infections globally. As of Wednesday, the US had confirmed over 205,000 cases and 4,500 deaths.