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Two Filipino men among 7 new Covid-19 cases in HK

05 November 2020

By The SUN

 

Passengers waiting for their test results at HK Intl Airport

Hong Kong confirmed six imported coronavirus cases and one untraceable local case today, Nov 5, bringing the city’s total tally to 5,356.

The new infections included two Filipino men who arrived on the same Philippine Airlines flight on Monday and tested positive at the airport.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said in today’s briefing that one of the Filipinos was a 32-year-old seafarer returning to his ship in Hong Kong.

The occupation of the other Filipino, aged 37, was not mentioned.

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She said the two arrived on PR300 flight from Manila on Nov 3 and submitted deep-throat specimen at the airport testing center.

The seafarer was asymptomatic while the other Filipino showed symptoms on arrival. They were both sent to a hospital after they tested positive.

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The other imported cases were a newly arrived 50-year-old Indian domestic helper, a 35-year-old female cabin crew of Turkish Airlines flight TK070 from Istanbul, a 34-year-old male air crew of Aeroflot flight SU212 from Moscow and a 23-year-old man who flew in from Brazil via KL 847 from Amsterdam.

Today’s lone local case is a 40-year-old aircraft maintenance technician at the airport whose source of infection is not known. The man lives in Shui Lau Tin village in Kam Tin and he last went to work on Oct 27.

Chuang says it's not known how the aircraft mechanic acquired his infection

Chuang said the patient was tested after developing sore throat on Oct 31. He was in close contact with some cargo plane crew members, among whom were confirmed cases. CHP is tracking his other close contacts.

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Asked during the press briefing if the patient’s young son who played football with other children posed a risk to the kids and their parents, Chuang said the boy had symptoms but tested negative.

The other members of the family will also be tested and if they are positive, then there’s a risk of infection to others, she said.

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Dr Linda Yu, a general manager at the Hospital Authority, said that as of 9am today, eight Covid-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries to 5,126.

A total of 87 confirmed patients are currently confined in 20 public hospitals. Of these patients, eight are in critical condition, three are in serious condition and the remaining 76 are in stable condition, she said.

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