Hundreds of Mexicans are taking part in lawsuits against China and the WHO over COVID-19

“No amount will bring her back, but I do for my grandson’s future,” the 63-year-old pensioner told AFP, estimating he has a 50 percent chance of winning.

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‘Know your rights’

Michaus recently signed an international legal claim again China and WHO promoted by Buenos Aires-based Poplavsky International Law Offices.

The company is courting potential customers on social media in Mexico with the slogan: “Did you lead by Covid? Know your rights.”

“These claims are being filed due to negligence on the part of both China and the WHO in handling COVID-19,” Denisse Gonzalez, Poplavsky’s representative in Mexico, told AFP.

The firm, which has branches in Latin America, the United States and Dubai, said it has also registered plaintiffs from other countries, including Colombia and Argentina, although Ms. Gonzalez did not divulge how many.

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The demands, amounting to millions of dollars, are being presented to the UN in Geneva alleging violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

They are seeking financial compensation from $ 200,000 ($ 275,000) to fall ill with COVID-19 to $ 800,000 ($ 1.1 million) in the event of death, Gonzalez said.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday defended the organization’s early response to the initial coronavirus outbreak, saying its health care system “had started immediately”.

The coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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The corona virus has left more than 5.4 million people dead worldwide since it was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.

Mexico has reported nearly 300,000 COVID-19 deaths – one of the world’s highest numbers – and more than 3.95 million confirmed cases.

“I never had a lot of high blood pressure and now it goes up and down, which is dangerous,” said a 35-year-old gas station employee, who is also seeking compensation after catching the virus.

“I was left with the ring for one ear. My vision was also blurred and I have to wear glasses,” said the woman, who did not want to be named.

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Poplavsky said its fees will be covered by a percentage of any compensation.

Michaus declined to disclose the percentage he had agreed to pay in the event of a win, but said he considered it reasonable.

The law firm believes that the requirements can take at least five years to be resolved.

It hopes that countries like the US, UK or Italy will at some point support similar demands from their citizens that would benefit others seeking compensation.

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However, Lourdes Marleck Rios Nava, an expert in international public law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, sees limited chances of a victory.

“People know they will not succeed, but suddenly they are suing,” she said.

A separate attempt to bring a collective action against China before the Mexican courts has not yet met the required minimum of 30 plaintiffs.

“I thought there would be a queue of people waiting to sue, but oddly enough it was not like that. I think there is a credibility issue,” said attorney Fernando Martinez de Velasco, who was behind the action.

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