After becoming aware of the coronavirus outbreak, why did China continue to allow flights from Wuhan to other parts of the world? And why did China buy an estimated 2.2 billion masks between Jan. 24 and the end of February? A new lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt may help us learn more.
The Missouri suit seeks to hold the CCP accountable for the mass sickness, death and devastating economic harm that it has wrought through its deception regarding the virus’ existence and severity, as well as its suppression of critical public health information.
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The Missouri lawsuit alleges that the CCP delayed in notifying the World Health Organization (WHO) last December of the outbreak in China, in violation of international health regulations. Missouri also claims that the CCP intentionally withheld from the WHO evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus for several weeks — critical information about its severity.
As part of its campaign to suppress critical information, the Missouri complaint states that the CCP arrested eight doctors who sought to raise awareness about the virus and educate the public about its dangers. It also claims that numerous Chinese citizen-journalists who reported on the outbreak have gone missing in recent weeks.
The Missouri lawsuit further calls out the CCP for failing to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus even though it was well aware of its gravity. The complaint alleges that the government allowed citizens to travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year, both to and from Wuhan (i.e., COVID-19 ground zero), as well as to and from other countries. Missouri claims the CCP did nothing to stop mass gatherings — including in Wuhan — that were hot spots for transmission.
The sum of these allegations is that the CCP — through its campaign of deception and denial — allowed the virus to rage undetected, penetrating global borders and increasing at an exponential rate.