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Assam: Nurses in Guwahati allegedly face racial slurs, called ‘coronavirus’

Nurses employed at a private hospital in Assam’s Guwahati city have alleged that they were being taunted as “coronavirus” on the streets.

There have been reports about Asians around the world having to contend with racial attacks, with people blaming them for the Covid-19 outbreak that originated in China last year. In India, people from the north eastern states are also facing coronavirus-related racism and xenophobia.

Twenty-five-year-old Kshetrimayum Bidyabati Devi, a native of Manipur’s Imphal, told Scroll.in that she and her colleagues were on their way back home from work on the evening of April 3 when a group of men shouted at them saying “coronavirus coronavirus”. The men were lounging on the porch of a shop in the city’s Tetelia locality when the incident took place, she added.

Devi said she and her colleagues had been subjected to similar taunts a couple of days earlier too. “We have informed our hospital management that it has already happened two times,” she said. However, they have not approached the police yet.

Devi alleged the comments were racial in nature and said it was particularly disconcerting that she and her colleagues had to face discrimination in Guwahati. “In Delhi, they don’t understand that people from North East and China are different,…

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