‘Virus-rage’ thug at­tacked woman

Daily Express - - News - By John Twomey

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

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