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2 FDWs found infected after compulsory tests in Yau Ma Tei building

30 January 2021

By The SUN 

Shun On building in Yau Ma Tei where the 2 FDWs live with their employers

Two foreign domestic workers, one from the Philippines and another from Indonesia, were found positive of Covid-19 after undergoing compulsory testing in a Yau Ma Tei building where they live with their employers.

They were among 28 new coronavirus cases reported today, Jan 30.

The 47-year-old Filipina helper tested positive along with her 81-year-old female employer in their house in Shun On Building in Yau Ma Tei.

The 28-year-old Indonesian helper also lives in the same building.

All but two of the new infections were locally acquired. Of the two imported cases, one was a 47-year-old male cargo pilot who flew in from the United States. The other is a 31-year-old returnee who came from Pakistan via Dubai.

The local cases include 20 linked to previous infections, and six with unknown sources. More than 40 preliminary positive cases were also recorded.


The linked cases included five new ones at two construction sites at the airport’s third runway project, bringing to nine the total number of cases from that cluster.

Au says it's too early to say if the new wave of infections has peaked 

Dr Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection said construction work at the two sites will be suspended to allow for thorough cleansing.

Around 3,000 workers there will be subjected to mandatory testing, while 60 others along with 20 of their family members will be moved to a quarantine center as a precaution.

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Au said the virus might have spread in the changing rooms shared by the workers, although there is only a low risk of cross infection among them. The site is huge and is divided into different zones, in which contractors work in different areas.

Among the new local cases, eight were from Yau Tsim Mong District, five of which were from specified areas in Yau Ma Tei. There were six new cases in Kowloon City District, but none from Hung Hom. No new case was detected from Sham Shui Po.


Among the untraceable cases is a nurse who works as a receptionist at an eye clinic in Champion Building in Jordan. People who have visited the clinic of Dr Lam Hok-suen between Jan 26 and 28 to get tested. The clinic will be closed for 14 days for disinfection.

Although the day’s total tally is low compared to previous days, Au said it is too early to day that the fourth wave of infections has peaked, as “the number of cases will fluctuate from day to day.”

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With the approach of the Lunar New Year, he said there is still a risk of large-scale transmission if people attend gatherings.

He pointed out that in the past week, 40% of the new cases were of unknown sources, indicating there is still a lot of silent transmissions in the community.

Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally now stands at 10,400. Of the confirmed patients, 801 are being treated in 22 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 28 are in critical condition, 38 are in serious condition and the remaining 735 patients are in stable condition.




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