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‘Illogical fear’: Cindy Liu, head of the Association of Chinese Professionals in Ireland, has noticed the fall in customers at restaurants. Photo: Gerry Mooney

‘Illogical fear’: Cindy Liu, head of the Association of Chinese Professionals in Ireland, has noticed the fall in customers at restaurants. Photo: Gerry Mooney

‘Illogical fear’: Cindy Liu, head of the Association of Chinese Professionals in Ireland, has noticed the fall in customers at restaurants. Photo: Gerry Mooney

While the HSE prepares itself for a possible outbreak of coronavirus, Asian communities in Ireland are also bracing themselves for a surge of racist attacks and discrimination.

Although there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland, numerous ethnic Asians across the country have spoken out about being openly discriminated against.

But if the coronavirus does happen to reach Irish shores, many believe that racist fear-mongering and bigotry will reach frightening proportions.