Coronavirus fears are sparking racism and xenophobia
CGTN
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People are reporting incidents of anti-Chinese sentiments around the world.

The 2019 novel coronavirus began in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province.

In the Republic of Korea, protestors held a rally this week calling for a ban on Chinese people entering the country.

In Vietnam, a nail salon displayed a sign saying it was not accepting Chinese customers.

In France, a newspaper used the headline: China Coronavirus, Yellow Alert.

In Italy, a man swears at Chinese tourists in Florence, calling them dirty.

In Canada, a newspaper published a cartoon of the year of the rat with the rat coughing and wearing a face mask.

"These are people's fears which irrationally get worse and particularly in this context. It relates to things which have nothing to do with the main issue which is the coronavirus. It's really a collective hysteria which is a bit unreasonable," said Rislaine Cyrille, a diner at a restaurant in Paris.