According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, at least 6,105 people have been confirmed to be carriers of the virus in Missouri and at least 229 have died.
Schmitt, in his official role as Attorney General of Missouri, has filed a civil suit in a federal court in the eastern district of Missouri.
Legal experts said the trial was facing a difficult battle as China is protected by sovereign immunity. CNN is asking the Chinese government to comment.
The Missouri trial alleges that, although the Chinese medical community has had indications of human-to-human transmission of the virus, it did not notify the World Health Organization when it first reported the epidemic.
He also claims that Chinese leaders have done little to curb the spread of the virus, still allowing thousands of people to travel to and from Wuhan.
“In or around mid-January, January 16, despite the risks of doing so, Wuhan leaders held a food-sharing dinner for 40,000 residents, increasing the potential spread of the virus,” said the official. communicated. “The defendants authorized these massive public gatherings and the mass exodus from Wuhan despite knowledge of the risks of COVID-19, including the risk of human-to-human transmission.”
The state also alleges that China stockpiled PPE while hiding the epidemic and that the small quantities they released were “defective”.
These actions, among others taken by Chinese officials, have had a huge impact on human life and health and have resulted in “huge” economic disruption around the world, the lawsuit said.
“Before the pandemic, Missouri had one of its lowest unemployment rates in the past decade, but reports and beliefs indicate that Missouri’s unemployment rate is now the highest it has ever been. since the Great Depression, “said the lawsuit. “Responding to the pandemic had to shut down businesses, disrupt ordinary production and trade, and displace workers.”
CNN’s Chris Boyette and Hira Humayun contributed to this report.