Coronavirus Outbreak Stokes Anti-Asian Bigotry Worldwide

"I am not a virus," Italian-Chinese man Massimiliano Martigli Jiang stages a one-man campaign to raise awarness about anti-Asian racism spurred by coronavirus fears in Florence, Italy, in early February 2020.

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The deadly coronavirus outbreak is sparking anti-Asian bigotry, hysteria and violence around the globe as the spread of rumor and misinformation grips people with fear.

On Feb. 4 in Bolivia, three Japanese tourists in their 20s visiting the Uyuni salt flats were quarantined at a local hospital, despite having no history of traveling to China nor exhibiting any symptoms of the pneumonia-causing infection.

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