Fears over the virus have resulted in hoaxes and hostilities against the region’s Asian community, the largest in the United States.
A petition urging schools in the suburb of Alhambra to cancel classes over the virus had 14,000 signatures. A boy of Asian descent needed an MRI after he was bullied and beaten this month at a San Fernando Valley school, said Robin Toma, the executive director of the county’s Human Relations Commission, which works on hate crime prevention, the LAist reported.
In Carson, a flyer with a fake seal of the World Health Organization told residents to avoid Asian-American businesses like Panda Express because of the outbreak, according to Reuters.
Toma said people wearing face masks have also had insults hurled at them. He urged anyone being targeted because of their race to report the incident to authorities.
“We need you to step up and speak out when you see it happening to others,” he said.
Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he hopes 2020 will bring economic stability and job opportunities to his country. He acknowledged that...