The US President, Mr. Donald Trump, believes that coronavirus is an attack on the United States. Talking to reporters the US President said the US was 'attacked'.
'We were attacked. This was an attack. This wasn’t just the flu by the way. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, 1917 was the last time,' Mr. Trump said while responding to a question.
The US President had earlier warned China of consequences if it was 'knowingly responsible' for the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
He also said that China should have informed the US earlier about the novel coronavirus. On Wednesday, Missouri became the first US state to sue the Chinese government over the COVID-19 outbreak calling it 'an appalling campaign of deceit'.
The civil lawsuit was filed in a federal court by GOP state Attorney General, Mr. Eric Schmitt, who claimed Chinese officials are 'responsible for the enormous death, suffering, and economic losses they inflicted on the world, including Missourians'.
The lawsuit further states that the Chinese government lied to the world about the dangers and threats posed by the deadly pandemic and suppressed whistleblowers for revealing the truth.
Recently a report claimed that China didn’t warn public about the likely pandemic for 6 days saying that China’s rigid controls on information, bureaucratic hurdles and a reluctance to send the information up the chain of command muffled early warnings.
An internal memo shows that the head of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei made a grim assessment of the situation on January 14 in a confidential teleconference with provincial health officials saying 'the epidemic situation is still severe and complex, the most severe challenge since SARS in 2003, and is likely to develop into a major public health event.'
As per the Chinese reports, doctors and nurses in Wuhan informed them that the coronavirus could be transmitted between people as early as late December; however, Chinese officials stopped medical staff who tried to report such cases.