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2 FDHs-1 Filipina and 1 Indonesian, among 18 new Covid-19 cases

29 August 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

The Indonesian lived in this building with her elderly employer until a neighbor was found infected

A newly arrived Filipina and an Indonesian whose source of infection is unknown, are among the 18 new Covid-19 cases recorded today, Aug 29.

According to the Centre for Health Protection’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, the 37-year-old Filipina domestic worker tested positive on arrival from Manila yesterday.

This was despite the patient having presented a negative test result for the virus before boarding her flight to Hong Kong, in line with travel restrictions for those flying in from the Philippines.



She was one of two imported cases today. The other one was a returnee from Pakistan who arrived on Aug 26 and tested positive while under quarantine.

The 45-year-old Indonesian DH, on the other hand, is among five local cases with untraceable source.
Dr Chuang said the maid lived with her elderly employer in Win Fong Heights in Kwai Chung, but after learning that a neighbor was found infected, they moved in with the employer’s daughter in Belvedere Gardens in Tsuen Wan.

After the maid tested positive, her employer as well as her daughter and granddaughter, were identified as her close contacts and will be put under medical observation while in quarantine.

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Also among the untraceable cases were a nurse at the private clinic of Dr Tse Kin-wah in Yuen Long, two retirees who live in Kwai Chung and Ngau Tau Kok Lower Estate, and a government engineer.

Of the 11 local cases linked to previous cases, two more emerged from the outbreak at the Hong Chi hostel for the mentally handicapped in Lei Muk Shue in Tsuen Wan. One is a 27-year-old staff member, while the other is a 43-year-old resident. More than a dozen people linked to the facility have tested positive for Covid-19.

Today’s cases  brought the city’s total tally to 4,787, with 369 patients still receiving treatment in 18 public hospitals and at the community treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Two more elderly patients with chronic condition passed away at Prince of Wales hospital in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 86. One was 63-year-old man who died at 8:15pm last night, and the other was a 98-year-old woman who passed away at 1:02pm earlier today.

Chuang says the 117,000 who registered for universal testing by noon today is 'a good number'

Asked for a reaction to reports that about 117,000 people signed up for universal testing within five hours of the online application being opened at 7am today, Dr Chuang said it was “a good number.”

She said people should take the chance to get themselves tested to break the chain of transmission within the community.



The actual tests will start on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with 141 makeshift centres being opened across 18 districts to take samples from applicants. The taking of samples will last until Sept.7, and depending on demand, could be extended for another week.

The offer of a one-off test is open to all of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million residents on a voluntary basis. Foreign domestic workers are encouraged to go with their employers when taking the test.

To make an appointment for the test, register at www.communitytest.gov.hk.




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