Wuhan woman wants China to pay.
Zhao Lei is suing the government for compensation and a rare public apology for his poor response to coronavirus pandemic it has already killed 851141 people and infected more than 25.5 million people worldwide.
Zhao’s father was among the dead.
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Zhao, 39 years old, told Sky News her father contracted a terminal illness in late January, but the city’s emergency services were so shaken by the tsunami due to the surge in COVID-19 cases that there was no ambulance to take him to the hospital.
His family had to walk 6 miles in the cold before they were eventually picked up by a local in an auto rickshaw. But by then the damage had been done, and Zhao’s ailing father only got worse. He died of respiratory failure while in the emergency room.
“My father was honest,” she said. “… He was very kind. In Wuhan, he was a very ordinary person. He followed all the rules. “
The shock of losing his father pushed Zhao to a bold decision to fight the government herself.
“I think the government has hidden some facts,” she said.
Zhao’s father fell ill shortly after the city was blocked. His death was a shock to her body.
“I was overwhelmed at the time,” she said. “After that, my heart was broken and I was very angry too.”
“After that, my heart was broken and I was very angry too.”
This anger turned into action.
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While thousands of families in Wuhan grieved like Zhao, very few publicly shamed and blamed the government – mostly out of fear.
The police allegedly visited her mother, warning her that Zhao should drop the case and not publicly share her experience.
The ruling Communist Party is known to silence and detain people who it believes speak badly about the country or portray those in charge in any negative light.
In fact, in the early days of COVID-19, Chinese authorities regularly detained citizen journalists reporting from Wuhan, some of whom were still in custody. The country also kicked out several Western journalists who dared to report on the new coronavirus that would ultimately destroy the world.
But Zhao remains unwavering and says that intimidation tactics will not make her change her mind. She is ready to refer the case to the Supreme Court of Hubei Province, Wuhan Province.
“What I did is legal, what I said is fact,” she said. “I didn’t lie. I didn’t build rumors. “
She also believes that her lawsuit ultimately benefits the country.
“It can alert people that if next time a disaster strikes, we can do something to prevent bad consequences. We can save more people, ”she said.
China has backed off in an effort to reshape the global narrative of the handling of the killer virus. The adjusted national version is that China defeated the coronavirus and did it thanks to the leadership President Xi Jinping…
In June, the government released an official report on its response.
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“The Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese government have seen the epidemic as a top priority and have taken immediate action,” the official said. “Secretary General Xi Jinping took personal command, planned the response, controlled the overall situation and acted decisively to show the way forward in the fight against the epidemic.”
Zhao doesn’t believe it.