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Newly-arrived Filipina domestic worker tests positive for Covid-19

20 March 2020

By The SUN

The infected Filipina tested positive 9 days after flying into HK from the Philippines

A Filipina domestic worker who arrived from the Philippines on Mar 11 is among the record 48 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Hong Kong today, Mar 20.

It’s the highest single-day increase in the number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong, with most, or 36 of them, involving people who had traveled to other countries during the incubation period.

The Filipina is included in the new imported cases in the city, as she developed symptoms within 14 days of her arrival.

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The domestic worker reportedly transited through Taipei on her way to Hong Kong, and went straight to her employer’s house. The next day, she went out with her employer, still without symptoms.

But on Mar 13, she developed a fever. It’s unclear why it took another week for her case to be confirmed.

Her employer’s family has been put under quarantine after she was found with Covid-19.
Her case was confirmed by Consul General Raly Tejada earlier tonight, who said the Hong Kong Health Department had just informed the Consulate about the case.

“The Consulate General immediately spoke to her and ascertained that except for a mild cold, she remains healthy and in good spirits,” he said in a statement.

Currently, there are two Filipinas, both domestic workers, who are being treated for Covid-19 infection in Hong Kong.

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Four others had been discharged earlier, after testing positive for the disease, but did not develop serious symptoms.

At least seven are under quarantine for being close contacts of infected patients.

All previous cases involved Filipinos who contracted the disease while working in their employers’ homes.

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Meanwhile, medical experts are warning of a second wave of contagion in Hong Kong as more residents return home from studies or travel abroad, and most new cases appear to have been brought in by those who just arrived in the city.

The unprecedented 48 new cases involved 25 men and 23 women, and included a four-year-old child, the youngest confirmed patient in the city so far.

They brought the total tally in Hong Kong to 257.

According to Dr Chuang Tsuk-Kwan of the Center for Health Protection, 36 of the new patients had visited the United States, Canada, and several countries in Europe as well as Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The others are mainly close contacts.

Of the new cases, four attended a wedding dinner with another infected patient in Discovery Bay, one visited bars in Soho, and another went to the Pure Fitness gym in Central.

The 4-year-old girl is the daughter of a patient confirmed earlier. She was quarantined before testing positive on Mar 12, although she has not developed any symptoms.

Also among the new cases is a taxi driver who has no travel history but picked up passengers from the airport daily. Although he always wore a mask, some of his passengers did not. He lives in Sham Shui Po.

Another notable case is a 69-year-old woman who went to Canada as part of a local tour group of about six people. Her sister who was with her in the tour, has tested positive in a preliminary test after developing diarrhea.

Also included is a 27-year-old karate athlete who went to Austria and France for training with a team member who had earlier tested positive for the coronavirus disease. Four of their team members who flew with them from Thailand to Hong Kong have tested negative.

The new group of infections also includes eight students who had flown in from their studies in the U.K., Canada and the U.S.

The CHP said about 30 people had received positive preliminary results for the virus by noon of Mar 20 alone, the highest daily figure so far.
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