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Scared But Desperate, Thai Sex Workers Forced to the Street

The Tribune - Bangkok, Thailand, 4/5/2020

The shutdown in Thailand to contain the spread of Coronavirus has left around 300,000 sex workers out of work, pressing some onto streets where the risks are sharpened by the pandemic. A nationwide curfew has started in Thailand on April 3, 2020 under 10 pm to 4 am while bars and eat-in restaurants had closed several days earlier. Apparently, many sex workers had jobs in the relative safety of bars where they also worked for tips however, the closing down of the places has forced some to return to their homes while some went to streets. Women are seemingly suffering the most from the virus measures; many are mothers and the only source of their family’s income.

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COVID-19 Positive Woman Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby at AIIMS in Delhi

The Times of India, India, 4/4/2020

Reportedly, a woman who was tested positive for Coronavirus has given birth to a baby who is doing well now. As per the doctors, this has been the first case in Delhi so far where a woman tested positive for Coronavirus has given birth. While there has not been a proof if the virus can be transmitted through breastfeeding, but the baby will be monitored for some time. WHO has recommend that women with COVID-19 can choose to breastfeed if they want to but they should strictly follow hygiene including wearing masks, washing hands and routinely sanitizing the surfaces they come in contact with. The doctors have stated that although the mother had been tested positive but is asymptomatic at present.

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Closure of Schools Due to COVID-19 May Lead to Online Child Sexual Abuse, Warns IJM

The Hindu, India, 4/3/2020

Following the implications of COVID-19, the closure of school and start of online classes has raised the fear of rising vulnerability of children to online abuse. The International Justice Mission (IJM) stated “Parents are advised to be vigilant and track the Internet usage of children. While the government machinery is focused on thwarting the spread of the coronavirus, criminals and predators anywhere in the world can exploit the closure of schools and increased usage of the Internet by children.” The International Justice Mission (IJM) has further advised parental vigilance against sexual predators and cyber stalkers. It is believed that children are more susceptible to online harassment and abuse owing to isolation and decreased supervision.

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Ugandan Rights Groups Demand Release of LGBT+ People Jailed Over Coronavirus

Reuters - Kampala, Uganda, 4/2/2020

Human rights groups in Uganda on April 1, 2020, demanded the release of 20 jailed LGBTQIA+ people charged with risking the spread of coronavirus, saying that some were HIV-positive and needed their medication, while others might contract the virus in prison. The fourteen gay men, two bisexual men and four transgender women were arrested on March 29, 2020 after police raided a shelter on the outskirts of Kampala following a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people to control coronavirus or COVID-19. LGBTQIA+ campaigners said the detainees were deliberately targeted. Patricia Kimera, a lawyer with Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum said that at least four members of the group were HIV-positive, but Uganda’s lockdown made it impossible to deliver medications to them.

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Malaysia Apologises for Telling Women Not to Nag During Lockdown

Al Jazeera, Malaysia, 4/1/2020

The Malaysian women’s ministry apologised on March 31, 2020 after telling women to avoid ‘nagging’ their husbands during the coronavirus lockdown, after a public outcry. In a series of Facebook posts, beginning on March 18, 2020, the Malaysian women’s ministry offered tips for how women should behave at home during the lockdown, with a series of online posters with the hashtag translating to #WomenPreventCOVID19. Posters advised women to use an infantile voice and to wear makeup and dress neatly, rather than in casual clothes. The local media reported that there has been a surge in domestic violence in Malaysia since the start of the partial lockdown, with a government helpline that helps domestic abuse victims receiving more than double the usual number of calls.

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