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Infected Filipina could be released this week

24 February 2020

By The SUN

The lone Filipino Covid-19 patient is being treated at Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan
The lone Filipino to have contracted the new coronavirus (Covid-19) is expected to be released from hospital within this week after all her recent tests turned out negative, according to a statement from the Consulate.

The statement said the patient had called to inform the Consulate about the good news, and that she remains healthy. The Filipina patient is being treated at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.

Reports from the Hong Kong government had said the 32-year-old Filipina domestic worker was tested for the virus after her 67-year-old ward was found infected on Feb. 13. Initial tests on the Filipina yielded negative results, but a subsequent test showed she had the virus.
The government statement said the Filipina must have been infected by her elderly ward, with whom she lived in Mt Parker Lodge in Quarry Bay.

The older woman’s infection was traced to a family dinner she had at the Star Seafood Restaurant in North Point on Jan. 26. Five other people there, including her 37-year-old son, also caught the virus.
The Filipina's employer caught the virus from this now-shuttered restaurant in North Point
The Filipina reportedly had a cough and cold in early February but did not feel unwell. On Feb. 9 she took a day off and hung out with 10 Filipina friends outside City Hall in Central.

Following a call from the government for her friends to also submit themselves to tests, one said on social media that the Covid-19 patient had already given their telephone numbers to health authorities.

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Each one was reportedly called and asked if they felt unwell. After learning that all of them had worn masks that day and did not share a meal, they were reportedly let off with an advice that they should have themselves checked if they started having symptoms.

To date, not one of the Filipina patient’s only close contacts during the 14-day incubation appears to have shown any signs of having the virus.

Meanwhile, the PCG says only three Filipinos –including the lone Covid-19 patient – remained in quarantine as of today, Jan 23. All are said to be healthy and asymptomatic and expected to be released within the week.

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Three other Filipinos have been released since Feb 15 after completing their 14-day mandatory quarantine.

As of today, four more people in Hong Kong have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the city's total to 74.
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