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Filipino seafarer among 9 newly confirmed Covid-19 patients

16 September 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The seafarer who flew in from Manila, should have presented a negative test result before departure

A Filipino seafarer who arrived from Manila on Tuesday is one of the nine coronavirus cases confirmed today, Sept 16, by Hong Kong health officials.

The new cases brought to 4,984 the number of confirmed Covid-19 patients since the epidemic crept into Hong Kong from mainland China in late January.

A spokesman for the Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection said the Filipino seafarer, 29, was found positive after a swab test on his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport. The patient was taken to a hospital for isolation and treatment.

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Apart from the Filipino, there were three other imported cases today, all women. They were a 37-year-old returnee from France who arrived on Sept 14, a 19-year-old who flew in from the United States, and a 37-year-old came in from India.

Among the five local cases was a 45-year-old male resident of Mei Yin House in Shek Kip Mei estate who was linked to a patient in the Transport City Building cluster in Tai Wai, from where about a dozen cases had been reported earlier.


A 10-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman from Lok Hei House in Siu Hei Estate, Tuen Mun, who developed symptoms on Sept 14 and 15, are members of a household where a 46-year-old man tested positive on Sept 14 after developing symptoms on Sept 6.

The girl and the woman were transferred to a hospital from a quarantine center, the CHP said.

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Two other linked cases were a 21-year-old man from Tower 7, Liberte, who developed symptoms on Sept 14, and an asymptomatic 72-year-old woman from Lai Pak House in Lai Tsui Court, both in Cheung Sha Wan.

The CHP said it is conducting investigations and contact tracing on the confirmed cases.

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Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority said that at 9am today, 17 confirmed Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing to 4,663 the number of discharged patients who had confirmed or probable infections.

A total of 183 confirmed patients are currently in 18 public hospitals and a community treatment facility. Of these patients, 16 are critical, eight are serious, and the remaining 159 patients are in stable condition.

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