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Filipina DH, Irish kid among 6 new Covid-19 cases in HK

26 October 2020

By The SUN

3 of the new imported cases tested positive at the airport, and the other 2, while in quarantine

A 36-year-old Filipino female domestic worker who tested positive while in quarantine was one of six new Covid-19 cases reported today, Oct. 25. Five were recent arrivals from abroad, while one was a local case with no known source.

They took the total number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong to 5,296.

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Another imported case was a girl who turned 8 today, a day after she flew in from Ireland with her family, and tested positive at the airport. Her mother’s plea to stay with her in hospital was reportedly denied by Hong Kong health authorities.

The girl’s parents and a younger sibling were deemed close contacts and were put in a quarantine facility.

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The other imported Covid-19 cases included a 52-year-old male returnee from France, a 30-year-old female resident who flew in from Pakistan, and a 34-year-old male air crew who came from the United States who arrived on Oct 13 and was spending his quarantine at Auberge in Discovery Bay.

There was also one case of local transmission, involving a 42-year-old man with no recent travel history and lives in Beverly Garden in Tseung Kwan O. He last went to work in Sheung Wan on Oct 21, after getting a sore throat the day before.

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A total of 108 confirmed patients are currently being treated in 18 public hospitals, among which 12 patients are in critical condition, four are in serious condition and the remaining 92 patients are in stable condition.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said the patient sought treatment at Tseung Kwan O (Po Ning Road) General Out-patient Clinic on Oct 22 and submitted a deep throat saliva sample the next day, which tested positive for coronavirus.

People are reminded anew about social distancing amid the long holiday

The new cases were confirmed as health officials reminded all Hong Kong residents to avoid social gatherings, wear a mask and observe proper hygiene.

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Thousands of locals including the elderly and children, however, trooped to cemeteries today to mark Chung Yeung festival by doing the traditional grave-sweeping and offering of flowers and food to their departed loved ones. 

A bigger turnout is expected tomorrow due to the extended holiday.       

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