A WOMAN is suing the Chinese government after her father died as a result of coronavirus.
The woman is also asking for the nation to render a public apology and claims the government covered up facts about the killer bug.
Zhao Lei’s father was infected with the virus in January, according to Sky News.
Due to emergency services being overwhelmed at the height of the outbreak in the country, there was no ambulance to take her father to the hospital.
Her family had to brave the freezing weather to walk six miles before a local picked them up in a tuk tuk.
As her father sat in the emergency room waiting for treatment, he died of respiratory failure as it had become too late for him.
She said: “My father was honest.
“He was not good at talking. He was very kind.
“In Wuhan, he was a very ordinary person. He obeyed all the rules.”
She added that she is unable to come to terms with her father’s death.
“After Wuhan locked down, he got ill so suddenly. I can't accept it. Someone just suddenly died. I cannot accept the fact,” she said.
She blames the government for not being transparent about the disease and how it is transmitted from one person to the other.
She said: “Because of this, Wuhan people carried on living like before, they celebrated Chinese New Year normally, without taking any protection."
Expressing her frustrations, she said: “I think the government covered up the fact that coronavirus could spread from people to people.
"I hold the government accountable and ask them to pay the due price.”
Zhao Lei,39, who also contracted coronavirus after the death of her father, has already encountered strong oppositions and setback on her mission for compensation from the government as the municipal court has rejected her application.
Sky News also reports that her mother has been visited by the police, warning that she should drop the case and not speak publicly about her efforts.
Undeterred, she is still determined to carry on the fight and plans to take her case to the supreme court of Hubei.
“I think my lawsuit is good for our country. It can warn people that if we have a disaster next time, we could do something to prevent bad outcomes,” she said.
The world has grown increasingly frustrated with China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with several world leaders insisting the country has not been open about the disease.
Several conspiracy theories have emerged with China being accused of several wrongdoings in regard to the pandemic.
Also, several people who criticized the Chinese government’s handling of the disease were detained, with some still in custody.
In a high-profile case, a professor who published essays which criticised the government was detained and released after a week.
In one of such criticisms, he said: “It began with the imposition of stern bans on the reporting of accurate information about the virus, which served to embolden deception at every level of government”.
The government, however, countered accusations by releasing a report detailing the country’s handling of the virus in June.
It said: “The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have addressed the epidemic as a top priority and taken swift action.
"General Secretary Xi Jinping has taken personal command, planned the response, overseen the general situation and acted decisively, pointing the way forward in the fight against the epidemic."
According to sources, the Zhao Lei’s appeal is likely to be rejected by the Hubei Supreme Court who will listen to the government and treat the case as a political one, thereby refusing that it goes any further.
Coronavirus is widely believed to have started at a wet market in Wuhan.
During the height of the outbreak in the country, several countries closed their borders to people arriving from China.
Wuhan was also put on a strict lockdown in order to prevent the disease spreading to other parts of the country.
In April, the city's lockdown was lifted with life slowly returning to normal.
With no domestically transmitted cases since May, the city is back to normal with events such as the Wuhan Beer Festival having taken place in August.
All schools in the country reopened on September 1, with concern already arising about the safety of schoolchildren.
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