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Newly arrived Filipina DH tests positive after moving to employer’s home

14 January 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The Filipina tested negative at the airport, and to 2 more tests while in quarantine 

A Filipina domestic helper who started coughing on the day she finished her 14-day quarantine and moved into her employer’s house is among 29 new Covid-19 cases reported today.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection, the Filipina arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines on Dec 24.

“On January 7 she completed quarantine and arrived at her employer’s  house and started coughing. A few days later she developed a fever and went to the accident and emergency department for treatment,” Chuang said.

She said the helper was not allowed to leave her employer’s house until she tested positive. Everyone in the employer's house will now have to be put under quarantine. 

Chuang also said that since the infection developed within the 14-day quarantine period, the case has been classified as "imported."

Two other imported cases were reported today. One flew in from Pakistan, and the other, from the United States, and both tested positive at Hong Kong airport.

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The CHP official also confirmed that a quarantine order was issued for all asymptomatic residents of buildings 20, 22, 24 and 26 Reclamation Street in Jordan, after two more infections were found in the block.

A total of 27 residents there have been found infected.

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She said, “The safest and most effective way of stopping the infection is to evacuate the residents.”

This was because the buildings were interconnected and the communal places were shared by residents, mostly South Asians, who often mingled together.

More than 80 cases have been found in the Yau Tsim Mong area, where the Reclamation block is located

Chuang also said that more than 80 infections have been reported in the Yau Tsim Mong district in the past two weeks, particularly on Jordan Road, Temple Street, Canton Road and Woosung Street.

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Two of the new cases came from Shanghai Street, which is about 100 meters away from Reclamation Street.

Many residents in the area are said to be Nepalese who worked at two construction sites where a number of infections were reported in the past few days. The workers are suspected to have spread the virus to their families and friends in the neighborhood.


These worksites are at the Central Kowloon Route and the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin tunnel, which both accounted for two new cases each today. The TKO site now has 40 confirmed cases, while 22 other cases have been linked to the Central-Kowloon worksite.

Also today, residents at three apartment buildings have been ordered to take Covid-19 tests after at least two unrelated infections were discovered in each of them.

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In addition, residents in units 9 of one of the buildings, Yan Shek House in Kwai Chung, will have to move to a quarantine center from tomorrow.

The two other affected buildings are The Spectra in Yuen Long and 163-165 Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei.

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As of 9am today, there were 563 confirmed patients being treated in 25 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Amohng them, 42 patients are in critical condition, 30 are serious, and 491 are in stable condition.

Hospital Authority’s Dr Sara Ho said one more patient passed away in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll in public hospitals to 157.

At the daily press briefing, Undersecretary for Food and Health Dr Chui Tak-yi gave an overview of the prevailing Covid situation.

He reported that between Dec 31, 2020 and Jan 6 this year, a total of 296 were recorded, of which 268 were local cases. From Jan 7 to 13, a total of 311 cases were recorded, of which 292 were locally acquired.

Cases with unknown sources accounted for 27% and 29%, respectively. Nearly a third, or 30% of all the patients in the past two weeks had no symptoms.

He advised the public to remain vigilant, as there has been no substantial decline in the number of cases.

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