The Berman Law Group wants more than $6 trillion in compensation for the lives lost and economic devastation caused by the global pandemic, reports Sunrise.
Their class action alleges that China hid the deadliness of Covid-19 from the rest of the world for crucial weeks after the outbreak began.
They claim this allowed the highly contagious virus to spread unimpeded across the globe while China took measures to protect its own citizens.
More than 10,000 people have signed on, including family members of coronavirus victims and frontline healthcare workers.
“China is going to have to be held accountable for what they did,” chief strategist behind the class action, Jeremy Alters said on Sunrise.
Covid-19 was first reported in humans in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019 after clusters of pneumonia patients began appearing in hospitals.
So far the deadly bug has infected over 2.5 million people, killed more than 200,000 and caused an economic downturn that has led to millions of workers losing their jobs.