Wuhan families are harassed as they battle for their day in court over the China Covid cover-up
Families who lost relatives during the first coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan are being blocked in their legal efforts to hold Chinese authorities responsible for the deaths a year after the lockdown first hit the zero point of the pandemic. Five families accuse city and provincial governments of covering up the outbreak, failing to inform the public and acting quickly, causing infections to explode. More than two million people have died of coronavirus worldwide. The Telegraph interviewed four of the five respondents who have tried to bring unprecedented lawsuits, most of whom are demanding 2 million yuan (£ 226,000) each in redress. They told this newspaper about a campaign of harassment and denial of justice. Chinese courts have dismissed all of the lawsuits they filed, despite continuing to try to sue in higher courts and defying government threats that have scared dozens of others into giving up. The prosecution of their cases carries immense risks as they question China’s official account that authorities acted swiftly and transparently to contain Covid-19, gloss over missteps and silencing whistleblowers.