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4 FDHs among 69 new Covid-19 cases

13 August 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

The 2 Filipinas should have presented negative Covid-19 test results before being allowed to fly to HK
Four foreign domestic workers, two Filipinas and two Indonesians, were among the 69 new Covid-19 cases reported in Hong Kong today, Aug 13, which brought the city’s total tally to 4,313.

The Filipina helpers flew in from Manila on Aug 5 and 11, respectively, and are among four imported cases. They should have tested negative for the coronavirus disease before being allowed to board their flight to Hong Kong, in line with travel restrictions imposed on Jul 25.

The third imported case is an Ethiopian pilot who came from Brazil and South Africa, while the fourth is a returnee from India.


The two Indonesian maids are among 65 local cases. Both tested positive at a quarantine centre where they were taken after a fellow Indonesian who stayed with them in a dormitory in Tsuen Wan was found infected earlier.

The boarding house was previously described as run by the David Cheung Employment Agency on Heung Wo Street in Tsuen Wan.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, also among the new cases was a patient linked to another boarding house in Mong Kok where another infected Indonesian helper, Case No 4159, had stayed.
Chuang said the new patient was a family member of the person who was running the unit on the ninth floor of Cheung Hing Building in Mong Kok.

Case No 4159 pointed out to the unit as the one where she had stayed with about eight other maids, but the one in charge of the place has reportedly denied renting it out, making it difficult to locate the other tenants.

Chuang said the police are still looking for the landlord of the unit and see whether there were records of the people who had stayed there temporarily, so they could be tracked and tested.
She repeated an appeal to employers who recently hired domestic helpers to get them tested to make sure they were not infected in temporary shelters they had stayed in previously.

She also warned that more infections could be found from the same building later, as a number of FDHs who were staying in another dormitory on the seventh floor had been put under quarantine while waiting for the results of their tests.
 
The two Indonesian patients today stayed in an agency-run dormitory in this Tsuen Wan building
Including today’s cases, there has been a total of 11 Indonesian domestic workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past eight days, after staying in dormitories while waiting for their new employment visas to be released.

Of the 65 local cases, 32 are linked to previous infections, 27 of them involving family and friends who had gathered or had meals together. The 33 others are of unknown source.

The local cases include one linked to the Kwai Chung Container Terminal, where the doctors believe the infection spread in the changing rooms, as most of the patients did not know each other.

There was also a nurse at United Christian Hospital who tested positive and another worker at a construction site of the Water Supplies Department in Fanling. A staff of China Light and Power at Lung Kwu Tan tested preliminary positive.

Chuang said the 33 cases with unknown source include several elderly patients and housewives, and people from all walks of life.

She said the voluntary mass testing for all Hong Kong residents that Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced last week could help identify asymptomatic or cryptic patients who may be spreading the virus unknowingly.

Dr Linda Yu, chief manager of the Hospital Authority announced that the death toll has reached 65, after two more elderly patients passed away in the past 24 hours.

An 88-year-old woman passed away at 1:13 pm today in Tuen Mun Hospital, while a 74-year-old male patient died at 2:35pm at United Christian Hospital.

A total of 857 confirmed patients are being treated in 19 hospitals and the isolation facilities at Lei Yue Mun and AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 32 are in critical condition, 50 are in serious condition, and 775 are in stable condition.

Responding to a question from the press, Chuang advised the public to be careful when handling frozen food after the coronavirus was found in frozen chicken wings from Brazil and frozen prawns from Ecuador.

“Cook them thoroughly as high temperature will kill the virus,” she said.

Meanwhile, the government has announced that the work from home arrangement for most civil servants will be extended until Aug 23.

But those providing emergency and necessary public services will continue reporting to their workplaces.
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