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Oswinw011

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Chinese
Apparently sparked by ignorance over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, a woman wearing a face mask was allegedly assaulted and called “diseased” this month at the Grand Street subway station in New York City’s Chinatown. Be vigilant to reawakened racism in the face of a viral outbreak

Hi, everyone
Is there a mistake in this sentence? Why the woman assaulted and called "disease" was sparked by ignorance? Thanks(Maybe if the sentence is changed to "As was sparked..." or "with ignorance sparked...", it will be grammatically correct )
 
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  • gengo

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    American English
    In an incident apparently sparked by ignorance over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, a woman wearing a face mask was allegedly assaulted and called “diseased” this month at the Grand Street subway station in New York City’s Chinatown.

    Now it's correct. News reporters today don't seem to have the writing skills that were required in the past.
     

    JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    I think the reporter expected readers to take the "In an incident ..." as understood. I doubt seriously wether aynone misunderstood the intended meaning, although adding the words at the beginning of the sentence is clearly more "correct".
     
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