New York Police Investigating Two Alleged Coronavirus-Inspired Hate Crimes Occurring on Same Day

Police in New York are investigating two separate incidents in which Asian people were allegedly attacked during racially-motivated hate crimes linked to the coronavirus.

In the first incident, a 23-year-old woman was allegedly punched by a female suspect while walking 34th Street between 5th and 6th avenues at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, reports the New York Post.

The suspect is alleged to have yelled "where is your corona mask, you Asian b****" before striking the woman in an apparent reference to the masks people have been wearing to protect themselves amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The victim is reported to be a student at the Zoni Language School in Midtown Manhattan. The suspect is a student at the Empire Beauty School, which is located in the same building as the victim's school, and knew her prior to the attack, according to NBC.

Elsewhere, the New York Police Department's Hate Crimes division are investigating after a 59-year-old Asian man was allegedly attacked by a male suspect who shouted anti-Asian statements before kicking him to the ground.

The suspect is alleged to have shouted "f****** Chinese coronavirus" and told him to go back to his own country, reports WABC.

Surveillance footage of the young male with long hair and red tracksuit has been released as part of the investigation.

No arrests have been made in connection to either incident. The NYPD have been contacted for further comment.

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The alleged attacks are believed to be part of a number of hate crimes which have taken place in New York amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In February, an Asian woman wearing a protective mask was kicked and punched by a man at a subway station in a suspected hate crime attack.

Earlier this month, an Asian male was sprayed with what appears to be air freshener by a man on a New York subway. The suspect was recorded yelling "because he's standing right f****** next to me. Tell him to move," apparently concerned he would infect him with the airborne virus.

Following the attack against the 23-year-old Asian woman on Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "I am disgusted to hear that a woman of Asian descent was physically assaulted in Manhattan on Tuesday—an attack apparently motivated by the bigoted notion that an Asian person is more likely to carry or transmit the novel coronavirus.

"To be clear: there is zero evidence that people of Asian descent bear any additional responsibility for the transmission of the coronavirus.

"No one in this state should ever feel intimidated or threatened because of who they are or how they look. Diversity is our greatest strength—it's one of the things that makes New York great—and in difficult times we need to band together even tighter."

There have been 1,701 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S and 40 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University. A total of 12 people have managed to recover from the virus in the U.S.

A graphic provided by Statista shows the global spread of the coronavirus as of March 13.

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World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice:

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before; during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • If you feel unwell (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and call local health authorities in advance.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.