Turkish lawyers sue China seeking damages from coronavirus outbreak

Two lawyers from the Turkish capital of Ankara have filed lawsuits against China, accusing the country of harming Turkey by covering up its COVID-19 outbreak, Hürriyet newspaper said on Thursday.

Lawyers Melih Akkurt and Selenay Akkurt accused the Chinese government of negligence and silencing the Chinese doctors who tried to inform the public about the novel coronavirus, according to Hürriyet.

The attorneys said Chinese authorities did not do enough to initially contain the COVID-19 outbreak, attempting to cover up their prevention response and developments in China’s Wuhan province, where the coronavirus reportedly originated from.

In December, the Chinese government announced its first case of COVID-19, which has infected almost 4.5 million people worldwide at the time this article was published.