‘A lot of fear’: Asian community a target of racism amid coronavirus threat

There is currently one confirmed case and one presumptive case of the new coronavirus in Ontario. Another presumptive case was confirmed in B.C. 

The patients, who are husband and wife, recently travelled from Toronto to Wuhan, China, which is believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said that although there could be more cases down the road, the risk to Canadians overall remains low.

But the new coronavirus has already created fear, panic and hysteria, experts say, and online, some have been seeing both racist and xenophobic conversations about Chinese people in particular.

Terri Chu of Toronto recently spoke up about the fear of racism on Twitter.

“There’s a lot of fear, and we don’t want this to get ugly.”

As a mother, she is also concerned about how people will treat Asian children.

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