Los Angeles Leaders warned of prejudice against Asian society on Thursday after bullying on a new coronavirus and organized hoax cases were reported in the region.
The COVID-19 virus has killed more than 64,000 people and killed more than 1,300 people, mainly on the mainland China. Los Angeles has only one confirmed case.
Hilda Solis, a Los Angeles County supervisor, told reporters at a news conference.
Fear of the virus has caused hoaxes and hostility against the largest Asian community in America.
A petition requesting a school near the Alhambra to cancel a lesson on virus had 14,000 signatures. An Asian boy needed an MRI after being bullied and asian by a school in San Fernando Valley this month. LAist report.
In Carson, a fake sealed flyer of the World Health Organization told residents to avoid Asian-American businesses such as the Panda Express for the outbreak, Reuters.
Tomah said that people wearing face masks were also subject to them humiliation. He urged those being targeted for their race to report the case to the authorities.
“When we see it happening to others, you need to step up and speak,” he said.
China has suffered from the majority of coronaviruses since the first outbreak in Hubei Province began in December. There are 15 confirmed cases in the United States.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that “including other people who have recently returned from Wuhan,” there will be more cases in the coming weeks.