The Met Police described the attack as "racially motivated"
23-year-old Jonathan Mok was walking down London’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, when he heard four men shouting “Coronavirus”.
Mok confronted the men who retaliated and began attacking him.
“All of a sudden, the first punch was swung at my face and took me by surprise,” Mok said in a Facebook post.
“When I was still shocked by the first hit, the guy delivered the second sucker punch,” he continued. “By then, a few passers-by had stopped and one of them tried to reason with them that 4 on 1 was not fair.”
One attacker said to Mok, “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country.”
Mok said the attacked “resulted in [his] face exploding with blood (from my nose), where the blood was splattered all across the pavement.”
The Singaporean ended up in A&E with fractures in his face. Mok said he “might need to undergo reconstructive surgery to fix some of the bones.”
Condemning the racist attack, Mok said, “racism has changed it form and shape through the years and it is once again rearing its ugly head in light of the COVID-19 crisis.”
In a similar story, A British Indian woman was hospitalised by a man who told her British born Chinese female friend in Birmingham to take her “fucking Coronavirus back home”.
Elsewhere, the New York Post recently used an image of Asians in Queens to report on a Manhattan Coronavirus case from Iran.