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Indo DH tests positive for Covid-19 in one of 2 tests at airport

18 November 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

Two tests are now given at HK Airport to ensure stricter screening of new arrivals 

Nine confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in Hong Kong today, Nov 18, and one of them involves an Indonesian domestic worker who tested negative in the government-run test, but positive in a trial test run by Prenetics, a private laboratory.

An information officer at the Centre for Health Protection said the 34-year-old Indonesian arrived from Jakarta via Cathay Pacific CX flight 796 on Nov. 14.

She was given two tests – a deep-throat saliva test administered by CHP, and a second one done by Prenetics. The result of the first test came out negative, and she was allowed to proceed to her quarantine hotel, the Silka Seaview in Yau Ma Tei.

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However, the Prenetics test, which turned out to be more sensitive in detecting the coronavirus, showed a preliminary positive result for her, so CHP immediately sent her to a hospital for isolation and treatment. There, a second test confirmed her infection.

“The government is still trying to find out how this happened,” said the female information officer, who also said the simultaneous tests are meant to find out which yields a more accurate result.

The Indonesian worker was already in Silka Hotel in Yau Ma Tei when she tested positive

The CHP did not hold its usual media briefing today, so the daily Covid-19 report was issued only through a press release.

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Of the nine new cases, three were local transmissions, including one with unknown source.

The six others are all imported, including a 37-year-old Filipina domestic worker who tested positive on her second test, while in quarantine at the Dorsett Mong Kok hotel in Tai Kok Tsui.

Two other imported cases were also found infected in their second test, and they both flew in from the United Kingdom - an 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old female.

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The two others both tested positive on arrival at the airport – a 41-year-old male returnee from Montenegro, and a 12-year-old boy from Pakistan.

Of the three local cases, the only one with an unknown source is a 76-year-old taxi driver who consulted with Prince of Wales Hospital on Nov 16, ten days after developing a cough and shortness of breath.

He was immediately admitted to hospital where his test result showed he was infected with the coronavirus.

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This was the latest in a recent spate of coronavirus infections involving taxi drivers, in the city,  sparking fears that silent carriers are again spreading the virus in the community.

The two other cases were linked to previous infections, an 82-year-old man who lives in Kwai Chung, and a 76-year-old man who lives in Sha Tin.

The latest cases bring Hong Kong’s coronavirus tally to 5,479.

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