Coronavirus-related discrimination in New York City is on the rise, particularly against Asian-Americans, prompting the city to establish a new response team to handle the complaints.
The city’s Commission on Human Rights said since Feb. 1 it has received 248 complaints of discrimination spurred by fears over Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The majority of complaints were made in March and April, and about 42% have been specifically anti-Asian.
“The response team came together because we saw that we had so many inquiries coming in after this pandemic started,” said Sapna Raj, deputy commissioner of the commission’s law enforcement bureau.
“We realized we needed to respond rapidly to unique issues that New Yorkers were facing.”The commission acts as a city watchdog and enforces human-rights laws.