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6 Filipina DHs, all with coronavirus variant, among 14 new infections

09 April 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Chuang says 8 new arrivals from abroad were found with the mutated virus

Six more Filipina domestic workers, all with the more infectious coronavirus variant, were among 14 new Covid-19 cases reported in Hong Kong today, Apr 9.

Twelve of the new infections were imported, while two were locally acquired. They brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 11,564.


According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, two of the Filipinas arrived aboard Cathay Pacific flight CX 906 on Apr 7 and tested positive at the airport. Both, age 31 and 37, were asymptomatic.

The four others all flew in on Mar 27 aboard Cebu Pacific flight 5J272 and tested positive on their 12th day in hotel quarantine.


Three of them, two aged 32 and the other, 38, developed symptoms while quarantined. The fourth, aged 42, remained asymptomatic.

Two other new arrivals also tested positive for the N501Y variant. One was a 64-year-old man who came from Canada, and the other was a 10-month-old baby boy who arrived on Apr 4 from India and tested positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine.

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Another traveler from India who arrived on the same date and flight, UK 6395, did not have the mutated virus.

The three other imported cases were two returning residents from Egypt, a 65-year-old man and 67-year-old woman, who both tested positive on arrival at the airport; and a 42-year-old Indonesian DH who was found infected on her 19th day sample while under quarantine.

Pindutin para sa detalye

Chuang said there are now 192 cases of confirmed patients found with the N501Y variant, including 71 with the British strain and 20 with the South African one. The five earlier classified as having originated in Brazil are now said to have been identified by the World Health Organization as “not a variant of concern.”

A further 84 cases were said to be “waiting to be classified” and the remaining 12 are have undetermined origin because of “problems with the sample.”

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Of the two local cases, one involving a one-year-old baby girl, was linked to a previous infection. The other is a 42-year-old woman working as a sales staff at a Manning’s store in Yuen Long whose source of infection is unknown.

According to Chuang, the woman started feeling unwell on Mar 26. She went to a private doctor on Mar 31 and was not tested. When she continued to feel dizzy she consulted another private doctor on Apr 2, who also did not get her tested.

On the first doctor’s recommendation she got herself admitted to Baptist Hospital where her coronavirus infection was detected during the pre-admission screening.

Before this, she continued going to work, and did grave-sweeping in Pak Nai Village in Yuen Long with about 15 family members, after which they had a meal.

Tunghayan ang isa na namang kwentong 

Chuang said about 18 of the patient’s colleagues, as well as those who had a meal with her after the grave-sweeping will be put under quarantine.

Less than 10 preliminary positive cases were detected as of midnight last night, and they included two who live above each other in Oi Fai House in Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun.

One is a 66-year-old man who went grave-sweeping on Apr 4 while the other is a 6-year-old boy in primary school who last attended classes on Apr 2.

Chuang said a team of experts would visit Oi Fai House later in the afternoon to check if there was environmental contamination.

Ho reported two new fatalities, raising the death toll from Covid-19 to 201

Meanwhile, Dr Sara Ho of the Hospital Authority reported two new deaths among the confirmed patients.

One was a 69-year-old man who passed away at 3:50am today while in intensive care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. An 83-year-old woman who was in the same hospital, died later, at 6:45am.

Including the two patients, 201 patients confirmed to have Covid-19 have passed away in public hospitals.

As of 9am today, 126 confirmed patients were being treated in 20 public hospitals and the treatment facility at North Lantau Hospital. Among them, seven are in critical condition, six are seriously ill, while the remaining 116 are stable.

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