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In view of proliferation of the Novel Coronavirus disease and continuous increase in the number of cases reported in Hong Kong, fellow sisters may want to closely follow the updates on the pandemic. For the latest situation of the disease, fellow sisters can check the following website for information provided by Centre for Health Protection. Information available includes:
  • Status and report date of confirmed positive cases
  • Buildings in which confirmed / probable cases have resided / visited in the past 14 days
  • Buildings of the home confinees under mandatory home quarantine according to Cap. 599C of Hong Kong Laws (Remark: Last updated on 16 Mar 2020. Covering the end date of quarantine period from 13 Mar to 26 Mar 2020. CHP is in the process of updating the information.)
  • Flights/trains/ships taken by confirmed cases during the symptomatic phase in the past 14 days
  • Estimated waiting time for Accident and Emergency service
Latest Situation of Novel Coronavirus Infection in Hong Kong
Apart from the latest situation of Novel Coronavirus Disease, Centre for Health Protection also provides related health information on their website. Fellow sisters can click the below button to find out some useful resources.
e-Resources -- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
To protect ourselves and others, let's all be reminded to:
  • maintain good personal hygiene
  • wear masks and wash hands regularly
  • stay home as much as possible
  • maintain social distance
  • avoid all non-essential travels 
If you have/had close contact with an infected person or those who have/had close contact with them, please contact Centre for Health Protection immediately. CHP hotline: 21251111 / 21251122 (8 am to 12 am)

This is an extraordinary time. But with wisdom, sense of responsibility and civic awareness, we all can do our own parts, and together stop the community transmission.

Soon, we will meet again!
We have recently received a funding of HK$100,000 from Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, 1,000 bottles of alcohol hand sanitisers and 1,000 children masks from The Hong Kong Jockey Club, as well as 4,000 bottles of alcohol hand sanitisers from Mannings via The Hong Kong Council of Social Service. 

AFRO is sincerely grateful for the generous donations of different organisations, with the needs of minority groups in mind even during such difficult times of the pandemic, and the utmost endeavours made by various parties to efficiently coordinate the distribution of the donated materials and funding.

The donation will be used to support AFRO's outreach and centre service expenses. Parts of the donated materials were distributed to sex workers during the temporary resumption of service of AFRO's Centre from 6 March to 23 March, and the special outreach service on 25 March. We will gradually distribute the remaining donated materials to fellow sisters once the situation allows.
Kerry Porth, a sex work policy consultant for Pivot Legal Society, says COVID-19 is increasing risk for some workers. Photo from Pivot Legal.
AFRO's News Reading

How the COVID-19 Is Hurting Sex Workers
(The Tyee, 2020.03.27)

Elsi Dawson is the first to admit she’s one of the luckiest sex workers in Vancouver.

She's been in the sector for four years, but doesn't rely completely on the income. She has another job running a sex work advocacy organization.

So when she began to present symptoms consistent with COVID-19 early last week, she called 811 and followed the directions for self-isolating with the support of a partner and her savings. 

And while she could do sex work online once she feels better, she has privacy concerns about people having recordings and photos of her... Read more

AFRO's Comments:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, sex workers are suggested to try their best to stay home and reduce the risk of contracting the virus. To maintain income, some sex workers have to make riskier decisions about clients, some have to work in riskier locations, while some try to set up virtual services like cyber sex or video dates, yet have to stay alert not to get recorded. While governments are talking about compensation for workers and freelancers for their loss during the period of lockdowns, in any case sex workers will be seen and included?

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