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5 Filipinos & 3 Indonesians among 10 new Covid-19 cases

08 April 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap

All 5 infected Filipinos  were flown in by Cebu Pacific on Mar 25 

Five Filipino domestic helpers, one male and four females, who all arrived on Mar 25 aboard Cebu Pacific flight 5J 272 were among 10 new coronavirus cases reported today, eight of them imported.

The three other cases from overseas were all Indonesian female DHs who arrived on different dates.

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According to staff of the Centre for Health Protection, all five Filipinos were found to carry the highly infectious N501Y variant, but only one of the Indonesians had it.

The Filipinos, aged 25, 27, 28, 33 and 34, were on their 12th day of quarantine in three different hotels when they tested positive for Covid-19 on their second sample.

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One Indonesian aged 48 tested positive on arrival at the airport. The second, aged 44, arrived on Mar 26 and was found infected on her 12th day of hotel quarantine. The third, aged 34,  arrived on Mar 19 and was found to have both Covid-19 and the variant.

This was the second day in a week that five Filipinos who flew in aboard a Cebu Pacific flight all tested positive at the same time.

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Asked why the airline has not been subjected to the same flight ban imposed on Cathay Pacific for flying in five infected passengers from Manila, the CHP staff said it was because the Cebu Pac passengers tested positive while under quarantine.

He said the flight suspension, which is enforced for two weeks, applies only when the airline flies in with at least five passengers who test positive on arrival in Hong Kong.

All passengers from high-risk countries must present a negative test result before flying to HK

The continuous arrival of infected passengers from countries classified as high-risk such as the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Indonesia has prompted calls from health experts for flight suspensions from these countries.

 

Before being allowed to board their flights to Hong Kong, passengers from these countries are required to present a negative result for a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure.

Meanwhile, the two local cases included one with unknown source and another linked to a previous infection.

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The untraceable case involves a 70-year-old female retiree who was asymptomatic and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on Apr 6 for an unrelated medical condition. She tested positive during her admission screening.

The linked case is a three-year-old girl who tested positive after developing symptoms on Apr 6 while under government quarantine.

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The CHP said in a statement that the additional cases brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 11,550.

A total of 120 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, 94 of them imported and the 26 others local, of which nine are from unknown sources.

Despite the marked decrease in the number of cases, the CHP said the public must remain cautious and maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene.

 

They are also strongly urged to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong as the Covid-19 infection remains severe and there is continuous increase in the number of cases reported around the world.

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