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4 more Indonesian helpers included in HK’s 69 new Covid-19 cases

10 August 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

All 5 infected Indonesian domestic workers stayed in the dorm in this building in Sheung Wan

Four Indonesian domestic workers who shared a dormitory in Sheung Wan with a previously infected compatriot have tested positive for Covid-19, according to Hong Kong health authorities.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection told today’s press briefing that the cluster of Indonesian domestic workers was among 69 new cases today, which raised the city’s tally to 4,149.

All four helpers lived in a dormitory at Kin On Commercial Building on Jervois Street in Sheung Wan, where another Indonesian worker who was reported as a confirmed case on Aug 7 had stayed.

The first case in the cluster, identified as Case No 3909, stayed in the dormitory between Jul 30 and 31, then moved to her new employer in Tseung Kwan O on Aug 1. She developed a fever on Aug 4 and tested positive three days later.

Of the four new cases, three were in the dormitory when Case 3909 was there. All three had no symptoms, but tested positive after they were moved to a quarantine centre.

The fourth was in the dormitory before and after the first infected helper moved in there. “There was a gap of two weeks, now the patient has tested positive,” Chuang said.
Two of these helpers helped someone to move houses in Tuen Mun, and stayed with the person for a few days, said Chuang. Health authorities are tracking this homeowner so he or she could be quarantined.

One of them, case 4083, stayed at the house of a friend’s employer in Hang Hau between Jul 29 and 31. This employer will now be tracked and possibly quarantined.

Including the five in this cluster, a total of seven Indonesian domestic workers who had stayed in dorms in-between jobs have tested positive for Covid-19 since Aug 5.


The possible spread of the virus in temporary shelters prompted the government to announce on Friday that all domestic workers living in agency dormitories would be tested.

The free tests were supposed to have started yesterday, but at least one agency group, the Hong Kong Union of Employment Agencies, has told The SUN that they have yet to hear from the Labour Department on when this would take place.

But Union head Thomas Chan said that the face masks that were also promised them on Friday for distribution to FDWs under their care had been turned over to them yesterday.

Among the newly confirmed cases today, two were imported. One was a pilot from Ethiopia, and the other, a returnee from India whose three relatives tested positive earlier.

As in the past few weeks, out of the 45 local cases, a majority, or about 30, involved family members gathering or eating together, or with friends.

Linda Yu, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, said another five patients died in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 55.

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But 70 others recovered, making the total recovery figure rise to 2,916.
A total of 1,052 patients remain 19 hospitals and the treatment facilities in Lei Yue Mun and AsiaWorld-Expo, and of these, 36 are in critical condition, 59 are serious, and 957 are stable.

HK's health officials are concerned about the spike in deaths among patients, most of them elderly
Among the notable cases was a 78-year-old doctor who visited several elderly homes before developing symptoms on Aug 5. Among the facilities he visited was the Cornwall Elderly Home in Taipo, where a big cluster of cases has been found.

Also among the new infections is a 31-year-old nurse at Caritas Medical Centre, who, however, did not take care of any infected patients during the 14-day incubation period.

Concerns were again raised at several hospitals where patients who previously tested negative for the virus were eventually found infected after being moved to general wards.

They include a 62-year-old man who was admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital on Aug 2 for gastrointestinal problems. He developed a fever the next day, but tested negative so he was transferred to a general ward, then discharged on Aug 4.
On Aug 8, he was back with fever and flu, and was found to have Covid-19.
The patient lives in a housing block where there was a confirmed case, so the source of his infection will be traced. His wife, who is a hospital employee, has been quarantined.
Another case is a 70-year-old man who was diagnosed as infected at Kwong Wah Hospital yesterday, and was in close contact with a 54-year-old patient who tested positive today.
The third case is a 62-year-old man who went to the accident and emergency department of United Christian Hospital on Aug 8 because of dizziness. He was put in an observation ward, and was tested. After he tested positive, all those who were in the ward with him have been put under quarantine.

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