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A 23-year-old Singapore man of Chinese ethnicity who was studying in London has spoken out about racism linked to the coronavirus after suffering facial injuries in a “racially aggravated assault.”

Jonathan Mok wrote about his ordeal in a public post on Facebook Monday, detailing how he was attacked by a group of people on Oxford Street, a busy shopping area in the center of the British capital, at about 9.15 p.m. local time (4.15 p.m. ET) on February 24.

Jonathan Mok said he was attacked in London, causing injury to his right eye. He posted two photos of his face on social media, explaining: "One image was taken in the mirror and hence, the laterally inverted image. The image that seems so be much swollen was taken as a selfie-- and the bruising only developed in the following day."

This photo was taken the day after the assault.

The attack comes at a time of increasing xenophobia against people of East Asian appearance in the UK and around the world.

“The guy who tried to kick me then said, ‘I don’t want your coronavirus in my country’, before swinging another sucker punch at me, which resulted in my face exploding with blood (from my nose),” wrote Mok.

Mok said doctors told him the assailants had left him with “a few fractures” in his face and he might need reconstructive surgery.

London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement that they are investigating the “racially aggravated assault” against Mok.

“Enquiries continue to identify the suspects; including an assessment of available CCTV,” said police in a statement. “There has been no arrest at this stage.”

Mok said this was not the first time he had suffered racist abuse in the past few weeks, and underlined his determination to highlight an important issue.

“I’ve studied in London for the past 2 years and every year, I am subjected to racist remarks (whether innocent or made with malice),” he wrote. “To those people who told me that London isn’t racist, think again.”

CNN has contacted Mok for further comment.