- China has reacted in anger after Germany sent it a bill of $160 billion for damages resulting from the outbreak of the coronavirus
- The act follows similar condemnations from the United Kingdom (UK), France and the United States of America (USA)
- Bild, a German newspaper, which prepared the bill, claimed that Beijing hid details of the virus from the rest of the world
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China has reacted in anger after Germany prepared and sent a $160 billion invoice for damages resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
Germany’s move comes after the United Kingdom (UK), France and the United States of America (USA) descended on the Asian nation for its role in the global pandemic.
Briefly.co.za has learned that the bill was prepared by Bild, a major newspaper, amid reports that Beijing hid the true details of the coronavirus from the rest of the world.
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Bild’s list includes a €27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to €7.2 billion for the German film industry, a million euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and €50 billion for German small businesses.
It added that this amounts to €1 784 (£1 550) per person if Germany's GDP falls by 4.2%, under the title "What China owes us".
This comes as the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.
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Meanwhile, USA President Donald Trump has warned of dire consequences if it is established that China knowingly released the virus.
According to him:
"It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it.”
He added that:
“If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences."
The information available shows that Wuhan, where the outbreak started, revised its number of fatalities following a sudden 50% jump in the total number of infections.
China responded by claiming the invoice from Germany "stirs up xenophobia and nationalism".
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