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New arrival from Phl among 5 new infected cases in HK

03 July 2020

By The SUN

The new Covid-19 case from the Phl flew in from Ninoy Aquino Intl Airport on Jul 2

A 26-year-old woman who flew from Manila and arrived in Hong Kong with a cough yesterday is among five new Covid-19 cases reported today, Jul 3.

The woman, likely a domestic worker, was transferred directly to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kowloon for treatment after testing positive at the AsiaWorld-Expo near the airport.

The four other confirmed cases included a nine-year-old girl from Pakistan, a three-year-old boy from India, a 33-year-old woman from Kazakhstan, and a 49-year-old woman from Britain.
All, except the woman from Kazakhstan who had a cough and sore throat, were asymptomatic.

The two children were transferred to hospital from quarantine centers while the third was moved from Regal Kowloon Hotel, and the fourth, from AsiaWorld-Expo.

They brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 1,248.
As the number of arriving travelers has increased substantially in recent week, the Department of Health is considering an adjustment of the test result waiting arrangement.

If the day’s new arrivals exceed the capacity of the AsiaWorld testing centre and the holding center at Regal Oriental Hotel, travelers who fly in from areas with lower risk will be allowed to home quarantine after submitting their saliva samples at the airport. If they test positive they will be taken to a hospital for treatment and their close contacts to a quarantine center.

As at noon today, five Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital in the past 24 hours. A total of 1,125 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
Still in hospital are 111 confirmed patients, one of whom is in critical condition (case number: 595) while the others are stable.

The Hospital Authority says it has enough personal protective equipment in stock, enough to last three months. These include 30 million surgical masks, 2.6 million surgical respirators, 5.1 million protective gowns and 8.3 million face shields.

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