COVID-19: China angrily reacts after Germany sends N62 trillion bill for damages

COVID-19: China angrily reacts after Germany sends N62 trillion bill for damages

- China has reacted in anger after Germany sent it a bill of N62 trillion (£130 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

China has reacted in anger after Germany prepared and sent a N62 trillion (£130 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. 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 rumours of an intentional spread continue to spread all over the world and the source of the outbreak remains a mystery.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that the global pandemic called coronavirus was made in a lab, according to China’s foreign ministry.

Zhao Lijian, the ministry's spokesman disclosed this on Thursday, April 16, in response to a question about accusations the coronavirus originated in a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the epidemic first emerged in late 2019.

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Zhao speaking during a daily briefing in Beijing, explained that officials of the WHO said there is no evidence the new coronavirus was created in a laboratory multiple times.

In other news, the finance minister Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed has revealed the reason the International Monetary Fund (IMF) excluded Nigeria from the debt relief for 25 poor nations.

According to the minister, Nigeria has no outstanding debt obligation with the organization. Going further, she said Nigeria has however applied for new IMF financing and this is currently under consideration.

The statement reads: "Since Nigeria is not indebted to the IMF, there is no outstanding debt obligation to be forgiven. Nigeria’s application for new IMF financing is under consideration and receiving attention. The new application is for financing under the Rapid Financing Initiative (RFI). ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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