COVID-19: One Year On (Hong Kong and Global)
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COVID-19: One-Year-On

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On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. One year on, we are still reeling from its effects. And while we are all affected, it is the poorest and most marginalized who suffer most.

Since late January 2020, we at Oxfam Hong Kong have been working tirelessly with our partner organisations, and poor and vulnerable groups to fight the pandemic in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. We have distributed face masks, hand sanitizer, rice and other relief items to low-income families, street cleaners, elderly people, and other vulnerable groups to address their needs and ease their financial burden. And around the world, Oxfam has been using its expertise wash, sanitation and hygiene to protect the poorest from the coronavirus and its impacts.


COVID-19 reach infographic



25 JAN 2021

Oxfam releases ‘The Inequality Virus’, revealing that the richest 1,000 people recouped their COVID-19 losses in 9 months, while recovery for the poorest could take over a decade


08 DEC 2020

OHK releases findings from Hong Kong Poverty Report: Unemployment among the poor during COVID-19; despite skyrocketing unemployment numbers, little government assistance is helping the unemployed

25 SEP 2020

OHK opposes Hong Kong government’s minimum wage freeze increase as the poorest endure the effects of COVID-19

17 SEP 2020

Oxfam warns that 61% of the global population will not have a vaccine until at least 2022 in the runup to a G20 health and finance ministers’ meeting

10 SEP 2020

Oxfam publishes ‘Power, Profits and the Pandemic’, pointing out that 32 of the world’s largest companies would see their profits jump by US$109 billion in 2020 while it was expected that COVID-19 would push half a billion people into poverty

21 JUL 2020

OHK writes Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung urging the government to offer ‘frontline property management employees’ COVID-19 tests

09 JUL 2020

Oxfam releases ‘The Hunger Virus’, warning that 121 million more people around the world could be pushed to the brink of starvation  as a result of the social and economic fallout from the pandemic

01 JUN 2020

OHK launches Give A Meal: Oxfam’s Food Support Project for Low-Income Families to ease low-income families’ financial burdens

27 MAY 2020

Floods and locust swarms devastate East Africa, compounding the effects COVID-19 already had on countries there

14 MAY 2020

First case of COVID-19 detected in Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

14 MAY 2020

Oxfam and UNAIDS release open letter signed by 155 world leaders and experts calling on governments to unite behind a people’s vaccine against COVID-19

26 MAR 2020

In response to rising unemployment rate, OHK and partner organisations release findings from ‘Survey on low-income families’ employment situation amidst the epidemic’ and urge HKSAR government to offer unemployed with short-term unemployment allowance

18 FEB 2020

OHK and partner organisations release findings from ‘Survey on Outsourced Workers and Their Working Conditions Amidst COVID-19’ and urge HKSAR government to better protect street cleaners

23 JAN 2020

Oxfam Hong Kong launches COVID-19 response and distributes masks, hand sanitizer and wipes to those in need, e.g. elderly, street cleaners

21 JAN 2020

COVID-19 hits Hong Kong and the prices of necessities like food, masks, and disinfectant rise to historic highs


Oxfam's COVID-19 response in Hong Kong and across the Globe


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