We Provide Essential Services, Sex Workers Tell Malawi Govt

Sex workers have marched in the streets of Lilongwe against a government decision to impose a night curfew and closure of bars which they say have serious economic implications on their lives. They are asking President Lazarus Chakwera's government to review the decisions and allow them to operate normally, saying they provide "essential services." After being relatively spared by the novel coronavirus in 2020, Malawi is being swept by a new, fast-spreading wave of the disease that is quickly overwhelming the health care system. In the first few weeks of January, the number of positive cases has doubled every four to five days, and while the local capacity is already saturated, access to vaccines is likely a few months away.

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