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Pandemic is hitting hardest among Hongkongers who can least afford it

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By Oxfam Hong Kong director Wong Shek Hung

Imagine for a moment that it is still 2019. You work nine hours a day, six days a week and make barely more than the minimum wage (HK$37.50 an hour). You live in a subdivided flat with your husband and child. Rent for the 130-square-foot room you call home takes up most of what you make each month, but thankfully, your family is managing to scrape by. 

Then 2020 rolls around, Covid-19 hits and you find yourself unemployed. Your spouse gets news that he too has just been furloughed. You both frantically look for jobs, but a month passes by without a callback. Then two. Then six. 

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