‘Virus-rage’ thug attacked woman
A RACIST thug punched a woman unconscious after falsely accusing her Chinese friend of having coronavirus.
Meera Solanki was in a bar celebrating her 28th birthday when she and her friends were targeted by a drunken Asian man.
As they left, he racially abused Ms Solanki’s Chinese friend Mandy Huang and told her to take her “coronavirus back home”.
Trainee lawyer Ms Solanki intervened but the man viciously attacked her and knocked her out.
She said: “I was shocked and angry so I shouted for him to stop and tried to push him away.
“He punched me in the head, I hit the pavement and was knocked unconscious.”
The attack – thought to be the first coronavirus “rage” incident – happened outside the Ana Rocha Bar in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday, February 9.
Meanwhile, four new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Britain yesterday, bringing the total to 13.
They were among 32 British and Irish nationals who arrived at the Arrowe Park Hospital in theWirral for quarantine.
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said the “virus was passed on in the Diamond Princess” a passenger ship cruising off Japan.
Elsewhere, Italian authorities have cancelled Venice’s famed carnival in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus, as the number of infected persons in the country rose to at least 133.
Victim Meera Solanki with her friend Mandy Huang