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Two new arrivals from Manila test positive for Covid-19 at HK airport

24 June 2020

By The SUN

The 2 new confirmed Covid-19 patients flew from Manila airport to Hong Kong yesterday, Jun 23 

Two people who flew into Hong Kong from Manila Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19 today, Jun 24, taking the total number of cases to 1,179, and one probable cause.

Both patients, a 47-year-old woman and 55-year-old man, arrived with symptoms.

The woman, who had been in the Philippines since Mar 8, reported developing a cough and runny nose on arrival.

The man who had a fever, was in the Philippines since August last year.

They were both taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kowloon from the AsiaWorld-Expo testing site for isolation and treatment.

It’s not clear if they are both Filipinos, and what visa status they have.

A Filipino who flew in aboard a Cathay flight from Manila declared he had Covid-19 on arrival 

On Monday, two Filipino males were reported by Hong Kong health officials as having Covid-19.

The first was a 46-year-old who tested positive as he was about to end his mandatory 14-day quarantine after flying in from Manila on Jun 9.

The second was a 58-year-old man who declared on arrival via CX 906 from Manila that he was found positive a day before his flight.

Both were taken to hospital for treatment, the first, from his home in Wanchai, and the second, straight from Chek Lap Kok airport.

Last week, three Filipinas, likely all domestic workers, tested positive on arrival in Hong Kong on two separate occasions within days of each other.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority that as of noon today, 86 Covid-19 patients are still in various hospitals, one of them in critical condition.

The city’s fifth and sixth deaths from the disease were reported on Sunday, Jun 21, and yesterday, Jun 23. Both lived in a Shatin public estate where the last local cluster of infections was reported early this month.

To prevent another similar community transmission, the public is reminded to go out less and avoid having meal gatherings or other social activities to reduce the chance of interacting with infected persons who may not have symptoms.

Everyone is also advised to avoid non-essential travel outside Hong Kong as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in many parts of the world.

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