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9th Indo maid in shelter among 62 new Covid-19 cases

12 August 2020

By The SUN

Dr Chuang is calling on employers to get their Indonesian helpers tested if they stayed at Cheung Hing building in Mongkok
Hong Kong health officials have appealed to employers to check if their Indonesian domestic helpers had stayed in a boarding house in Cheung Hing Building in Mongkok, and if they did, to have them tested.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection made the appeal as she disclosed that another Indonesian helper who had stayed in another dormitory, was among the 62 new Covid-19 patients reported today, Aug 12.

“If any employer has employed an Indonesian domestic helper recently, they might want to ask if the helper stayed on the fifth floor of the building (Cheung Hing) and if so, they should arrange for tests,” said Chuang.

CHP has reportedly enlisted the help of the police to check the Mongkok unit after an Indonesian helper who had stayed there, and identified as Case No 4159, tested positive yesterday.

Eight other residents have since been identified, but the owner has reportedly been uncooperative and would not open the door to officers. Chuang said they would discuss their next move with the police.

Meanwhile, the new infected Indonesian, tagged as Case No 4199 and the ninth linked to the dormitories cluster, stayed in another boarding house on the 7th floor of  Haven Court Mansion in Causeway Bay between Jul 24 – 31, along with five other helpers.

The latest Indonesian helper to test positive stayed in a boarding house in this building in Causeway Bay
On Aug 1, she moved to her new employer in Sai Kung and on Aug 10, developed symptoms. She was in close contact with 11 people in her employer’s house, and they will all be sent to a quarantine center.
As for the five other FDHs who stayed at the Causeway Bay dormitory with the patient, Chuang said they have all been identified and will be tested.

Haven Court was previously linked to the first Indonesian helper in the agency cluster to test positive for the coronavirus disease.  But the 37-year-old  helper, who was found infected on Aug 5, had stayed in a different dormitory on another floor of the building.

Only one imported case was reported today, a seafarer from a vessel quarantined off Lamma Island. Seven other crew members of the cargo ship which came from Malaysia have previously tested positive, and sent to hospital for treatment.


Dr Linda Yu, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, also reported that six patients died within the past 24 hours, a record daily high. The death toll has now climbed up to 63.

The latest deaths included a 78-year-old man who passed away at 3:47 this morning at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hosptial, where he is suspected of having caught the virus; and a 93-year-old woman who died at 10:05 am at Tuen Mun Hospital.

She also disclosed that two nurses had tested preliminary positive. One of the nurses went to work until Aug 10 in ward B5 of PYNEH. She lives in a building were there were previously confirmed cases. Thirteen of her colleagues who shared meals with her have been identified as close contacts and will be quarantined.

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The second nurse works in the psychiatric ward of United Christian Hospital, and five of her colleagues have been listed as close contacts. More than 20 patients in the ward have tested negative.

Yu said there are now 903 patients being treated in 19 public hospitals and at the isolation facilities in Lei Yue Mun and AsiaWorld-Expo. Thirty of them are in critical condition, 55 are serious, and 818 are stable.

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