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Filipino mistaken for Chinese gets into brawl in Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak — report

/ 06:19 PM March 02, 2020
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A man involved in a scuffle at a supermarket in Italy insisted that he was Filipino and not Chinese, as seen in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The video, shared by one J LAV, shows two men yelling at each other, with the taller one landing a punch on the smaller man. It appears that the taller man shouts repeatedly, “I’m Filipino, I’m not Chinese,” as per International Business Times Singapore on Wednesday.

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The brawl took place in the town of Casalpusterlengo, one of the 11 towns on lockdown in Italy as the country grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Outside of Asia, Italy has the highest number of novel coronavirus cases. Italy has 1,128 cases and 29 deaths as of yesterday, March 1.

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As novel coronavirus cases spike, Asians in Italy face discrimination and violence. A 31-year-old Filipino was hospitalized after he said that a group of young men attacked him when they thought he was Chinese, as per Al Jazeera on Feb. 18.

No Filipinos have been infected with COVID-19 in Italy, Iran and South Korea, according to a report today, March 2. Niña V. Guno/JB

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