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3 Filipina domestic helpers among 42 new Covid-19 cases in HK

09 July 2020

By The SUN

Two  of  the infected Filipinas flew in from Manila yesterday, while a third appears to have caught the virus at work 

Three Filipina domestic helpers, two of them newly arrived from Manila, and the third, works for an employer who was earlier found infected, are among 42 new cases reported in Hong Kong today, Jul 9.

Of the new cases, 34 had no recent travel history, sparking fears the coronavirus disease continues to spread across a wide area in Hong Kong. For at least three weeks until last weekend, all the recent infections recorded were imported cases.

Amid the new surge in infections, Secretary for Food and Health Dr Sophia Chan announced the return to tighter restrictions on public gathering.

Starting this Saturday, restaurants will again be limited to operating at 60 of their capacity, and seat just eight people per table, while the cap for bars will be four. Groups visiting gyms, party rooms and karaoke lounges must limit their size to eight.

Restaurants will go back to sitting a maximum of 8 per table from Saturday

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Center for Health Protection, two of the Filipinas who tested positive today flew into Hong Kong yesterday aboard a Hong Kong Airlines flight. One is 42 years old, and the other is 43.

A third Filipina who also tested positive is the domestic helper of a 69-year-old woman who was found infected yesterday, two days after developing a fever. They live together at Hoi Fu Court in Mong Kok.

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Meanwhile, the two Filipino seamen who were also found to have Covid-19 yesterday are aged 49 and 56 years old. They flew into Hong Kong from Manila on Jul 5, and since they were exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine, went straight to Dorsett Hotel in Tsuen Wan.

They were both tested for the coronavirus disease at Precious Blood Hospital yesterday, just before they were about to board their cargo ship, and were found infected. Both had no symptoms. They are now receiving treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kowloon.

Also among the new imported cases today are two cargo plane pilots and a crew member who recently arrived from Kazakhstan, and a three-month old baby girl whose father tested positive earlier after arriving from Pakistan.

Of the 34 local cases, 23 are related to Kong Tai Care for the Aged home in Tsz Wan Shan, while nine appear related to earlier clusters, notably those from two restaurants, the Bun Kee Congee & Noodle Shop in Ping Shek Estate and the Sun Fat restaurant in Jordan.

The source of two local infections are unknown.

According to Chuang, many of the patients were asymptomatic when they tested positive.

Three of them are taxi drivers, at least one of whom frequented Sun Fat. The cases sparked alarm, and prompted health officials to seek the help of the police and telecommunications companies in hopes of tracing their recent passengers.

Chuang also sent out an appeal to taxi drivers who visited the two restaurants recently to reach out to them. Those who have symptoms should seek treatment immediately, and those without, should ask for specimen bottles from CHP so they can be tested.

Also among today’s cases is the wife of a 71-year-old man who had visited Bun Kee and tested positive yesterday, and a 58-year-old female who does not go to work but frequently takes taxis.

The Hospital Authority reported that there are currently 149 confirmed patients being treated in eight public hospitals, two of whom are in critical condition, and two in serious condition. This was after nine patients had recovered and were discharged.

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