New coronavirus cases are emerging every day from all parts of the world. In Hong Kong, there are already 26 confirmed cases. Because of this, the leaders of migrant workers group are appealing to the Hong Kong government to oblige employers to provide a surgical mask for their helpers as well as alcohol and sanitizers to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a press conference that was held last February 5, the migrant leaders are appealing to include domestic helpers in the fight against the spread of the contagious virus by providing them with alcohol, antiseptics, and masks.

They are also asking the government to withdraw the proposal that 350,000 foreign domestic helpers must only stay at home during their rest day to stop the spread of the disease. The leaders called this move as discriminatory and magnet for the exploitation of workers.

“The salary of the workers is very low and the price of masks is very expensive, so it’s not fair for them to buy their own masks. The government should make it mandatory for employers to provide their helper’s masks,” says Eni Lestari, IMA chairperson.

It can be recalled that the prices of these items in Hong Kong went really high after the spread of the disease that already claimed hundreds of lives from all over the world.

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