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Third Filipina domestic worker infected as HK’s confirmed cases reach 102

04 March 2020

(UPDATED)

By The SUN

The two new cases have been traced to the Buddhist temple inside this building on King's Road in North Point

A third Filipina oreign domestic worker has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, Covid-19, according to the latest health bulletin issued by the Hong Kong government, which also reported a case total of 102 as of today, Mar 4.

The 57-year-old domestic helper works for a family living in Redhill Peninsula whose source of infection has been traced to the Fook Wai Ching She temple in North Point which her female employer attended.

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A statement from the Consulate issued at about 10:30pm tonight said the Hong Kong Health Department had officially confirmed the patient's nationality. The worker is said to be in isolation and is undergoing tests in the hospital.

"The Consulate just spoke to her and ascertained that she is healthy and presently not exhibiting any symptoms. She asked that her identity be kept secret," the statement said.

Two other Filipina domestic workers tested positive for the disease earlier, but subsequent tests all returned a negative result, according to Consul General Raly Tejada. He also said both workers remain healthy, and are now without symptoms.
However, both remain in hospital for further tests.

The latest Filipina found to have the virus was one of two confirmed cases on Mar. 4. The other is a 43-year-old Buddist monk who lived in the temple located in Maylun Apartments in North Point.

The Filipina’s female employer was the first to test positive for the virus, followed by her son.
There are now 17 cases linked to the temple, which include both those who attended it and their family members who had never visited the site.

Health inspectors found the virus from test samples taken from a toilet faucet, a cloth covering prayer books, and a kneeling pad.
A new suspected case is the 62-year-old wife of a 63-year-old member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club who was found infected a few days after his younger sister contracted the virus.

The new patient had tested positive in the initial test, but will have to undergo a second test before being added to the list.

Of the 102 cases, six were discharged Wednesday, bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 43.
 
First batch of evacuees from Wuhan are ushered onto a bus (RTHK photo)
Meanwhile, the first batch of 102 Hongkongers to be evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China, arrived in Hong Kong aboard a chartered Cathay Dragon flight at 5pm tonight, and were taken straight to the quarantine camp in Fotan.

Among those who traveled to Wuhan to oversee the evacuation were Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip, immigration director Erick Tsang and about 40 government employees.
A second batch of 135 evacuees aboard a Cathay Pacific flight is due to arrive at 10pm tonight.

Another two flights are scheduled to transport more evacuees from the stricken capital of Hubei, but thousands more are stuck in cities across the province.
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