Davidsmeyer: Strip China’s Sovereign Immunity and Sue for Damages Caused by Coronavirus

Springfield, IL…Assistant Republican Leader C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is introducing two House Resolutions that could compel the People’s Republic of China to pay the State of Illinois for damages incurred from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Representative Davidsmeyer is urging the United States Congress to waive the applicability of the doctrine of sovereign immunity to allow Americans to take legal action against the government of the People’s Republic of China with respect to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Davidsmeyer is calling for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to commence litigation against China for damages caused to the State of Illinois and its citizens by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 coronavirus should have been contained at its outset in China,” Rep. Davidsmeyer said. “Unfortunately it wasn’t and now the entire world is suffering from this pandemic. We are learning more and more every day that the communist regime in China actively worked to conceal how easily this deadly virus was spreading amongst its population.”

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that the U. S. intelligence community had concluded that “China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease.” The classified report to the White House indicated that “China’s numbers are fake.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken a high toll on Illinoisans. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Thursday that 7,695 Illinoisans have tested positive for coronavirus and 157 have died. Illinois is seeing a surge in unemployment benefit claims as businesses are shut down across the state due to the stay-at-home order.

“The American people’s way of life has been turned upside down by this pandemic,” Davidsmeyer said. “My constituents can’t go to work, church or out to eat. We’re being attacked by a silent killer, a coronavirus that started its spread in communist China, which refuses to tell the truth about the virus’ spread. On top of the horrific loss of lives, our economy has been decimated and we are spiraling down into the worst recession since the Great Depression. China should have to pay for the damage caused to our country by their reckless cover-up and wanton disregard for life.”