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HK posts 80 new Covid-19 cases, including 2 Filipina DHs in quarantine

04 August 2020

By The SUN
The Filipinas tested positive while in quarantine, 12 days after flying in from Manila
Two Filipina domestic workers who tested positive on their 12th day of quarantine were among 80 new confirmed cases reported today, Aug 4,  by Hong Kong health officials.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, the two Filipinas were among five imported cases today, which also included an air crew of Ethiopian Airlines who flew in from Manila, on the way to Addis Ababa.

The two other imported cases were another flight crew who came from Belgium, and a returnee from Russia.

The Filipina DHs would have flown in from Manila on Jul 23, two days before the new requirement for pre-boarding testing for Covid-19 took effect.

Still, it would have meant them testing negative on arrival at Hong Kong airport, then turning positive only 12 days after.

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The total Covid-19 tally in HK now is 3,670, but less than a third of the patients are still in 19 public hospitals, and the treatment facilities in Lei Yue Mun and AsiaWorld-Expo.

Of the active cases, 43 are in critical condition, 52 are serious, and 1,203 are stable.
The death toll stands at 37, after three more elderly patients were reported to have died in the past 24 hours.

The latest fatality was an 85-year-old man with a chronic heart disease who passed away in Princess Margaret Hospital at about 3pm today. The patient was previously admitted to Yan Chai Hospital for swollen feet, and was discharged after three days, on Jul 30.

At Yan Chai, he stayed in a medical ward with 10 other patients, who have been listed as close contacts and will be tested. Two medical staff in the ward are under medical supervision.

Earlier, an 82-year-old woman confirmed as Covid-19 positive passed away at Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 5:29 am today. Another 82-year-old woman died at Prince of Wales Hospital (PWH) at 3:10 pm yesterday.

Dr Chuang said that of the 75 local cases, 43 were linked to previous infections, while 32 have unknown sources. Most, or 36, or the linked cases involved family members and friends who gathered together.
10 cases have been linked to wet markets, and an expert will test samples to find out more about the outbreak
New cases emerged from two wet markets. At the Hung Hom public market, two sellers of dried goods tested positive, along with a fish stall owner in Tok Wa Wan.
Chuang said both markets will be closed early today for disinfection. Microbiologist Dr Yuen Kwok-yung have visited both markets to analyze samples.

A total of 10 cases involving stall owners in wet markets, including 4 fish vendors, have been detected so far.

Two more cases were linked to the multi-level marketing company called Star Global on Argyle Street, Kowloon. Three others tested preliminary positive.

One of the new confirmed cases joined a company outing in Cheung Chau, which was linked to previous infections.

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