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30 tests on Indo helper’s close contacts all negative for Covid-19

07 August 2020

By The SUN

The infected Indonesian helper stayed in a unit in Haven Court, whose owner is still being tracked

Initial tests conducted on people who had stayed in boarding houses with an Indonesian domestic worker who tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday all turned out negative, said a health official at a press briefing today, Aug 7.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said, “Thirty tests have been done, we have no positive result yet. The other tests have pending result.”

At least 30 more people have been identified as close contacts of the helper, who stayed at four different boarding houses two weeks before she tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
Chuang also revealed that a second Indonesian worker who tested preliminary positive yesterday, is now a confirmed case.

The second helper also stayed at an agency-run dormitory for two days before moving into his new employer’s home on Aug 1, then showing symptoms three days later.

She was among 89 new confirmed cases reported today, which included eight imported cases. Two of these are new arrivals from the Philippines: one domestic helper, and a seafarer. Three others returned from India, two from Ecuador, and one from Ethiopia.

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Of the 81 locally transmitted cases, 49 were linked to previous infections, and 40 of them came from family members having meals together, and with friends.

Chuang said that with help from the police, health authorities have identified the fourth shelter where the first infected Indonesian had stayed between leaving her former employer’s house on Jul 20 and testing positive on Aug 5.

She named it as a unit in Haven Court on Leighton Road in Causeway Bay, where the helper, identified as Case No 3664, had reportedly stayed between Jul 25 to 29, and then on Aug 1-3.
But, she said, “we still haven’t found the owner.”

The other boarding houses where the Indonesian helper had stayed were previously identified as: the KL Home Care Ltd shelter on Lockhart Road in Wanchai; the Perfect Maid Centre on Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay, and Sunlight Employment on King’s Road in North Point.

Excluding the fourth unit, more than 60 people reportedly had close contact with the helper in the three dormitories.
 
The first tests were conducted among 28 boarders at this shelter in Wanchai run by KL Home Care Ltd
The second infected helper, on the other hand, stayed with about four to six other migrant workers in another agency-run dormitory at Kin On Commercial Building in Sheung Wan.

The helpers’ infections have highlighted the long delay faced by FDWs who are applying for a new employment visa, and who have to stay in temporary shelters in the interim.

It also prompted the government to have all FDWs staying in agencies’ boarding houses tested for Covid-19, and given free face masks.

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At today’s press conference, Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority also reported three more deaths resulting from Covid-19, which raised the fatality toll to 46. One patient died at Tuen Mun Hospital, and another at Caritas Medical Centre.

The third one passed away at Princess Margaret Hospital after testing preliminary positive. He was subsequently found infected, and added to the Covid-19 tally today.

As of 9am today, a total of 2,939 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Hong Kong.

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But only 1,019 remain in 18 public hospitals and the treatment facilities in Lei Yue Mun and AsiaWorld-Expo. Of these, 41 are in critical condition, 50 are serious, and 1,019 are stable.

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