The state of Missouri has sued the People’s Republic of China for creating a public nuisance claiming the actions of its officials caused the global coronavirus pandemic.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Chinese governmental authorities covered up knowledge of COVID-19 as early as December, including in reports to the World Health Organization, then hoarded personal protective equipment. The state of Missouri, where 5,800 people have confirmed cases of coronavirus and 177 have died from complications from an infection, seeks billions of dollars.

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