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Filipina DH, Pakistani construction worker confirmed to have Covid-19

25 May 2021

By The SUN 

The Filipina DH was under quarantine at Ramada North Point until Apr 20

A Filipina domestic helper and a Pakistani construction worker who were both listed as preliminary positive cases yesterday were both confirmed to have Covid-19 today, May 25. 

The two, who were both listed as local unlinked cases despite arriving recently from abroad, took Hong Kong’s total tally to 11,836.

A staff member of the Centre for Health Protection said fewer than five preliminary positive cases were reported today, but they are not linked to either of the two confirmed patients.


Meanwhile, the government issued a statement today saying it will administer Covid-19 vaccines to refugees and two-way permit holders from the mainland in phases.

The statement said there are about 40,000 mainland residents holding exit-entry permits who have been forced to remain in Hong Kong because of Covid-related travel restrictions. 

They will get to book appointments for the vaccine starting this Friday, May 28 if they are able to get the two doses within the period that they're allowed to remain in Hong Kong.

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Vaccination will also be made available to some 13,000 asylum seekers (also recognizance paper holders or torture claimants) starting from July, but the government will still confer with the International Social Service on the claimants’ willingness to take the jab.

The CHP said in a statement that the Filipina DH (case no 11836) in today's case is 37 years old, and arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines on Mar 20. She underwent quarantine at the Ramada Hong Kong Grand View in North Point until Apr 10, during which she tested negative for Covid-19 in all tests.

She then moved to her employer's residence at Tai Tung Wo Liu Village, Sai Kung.

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On May 9, she underwent testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice for all FDHs, and the result was negative.

She took another test on May 22 at Ma On Shan Sports Centre in compliance with the second round of compulsory testing for FDHs, and was found positive. A second test processed by the Department of Health’s laboratory revealed that the patient carried the N501Y mutant strain and the E484K mutant gene, otherwise known as the South African variant.

The Filipina was asymptomatic and was found to carry antibodies when admitted to hospital, signifying an old infection.


In the two weeks prior to testing positive for coronavirus she had been to the Fo Tan Branch Office of the Immigration Department on April 30 and May 11; to Block 8 of Villa Oceania in Ma On Shan, where her relative lives, on May 9 and 16; and to Ma On Shan Park on May 1, 2 and 23.

The Pakistani patient was in quarantine at Silka Hotel Tsuen Wan until Apr 5

The second case is a 43-year-old Pakistani male construction worker (case number: 11835) who returned to Hong Kong from Pakistan on Mar 16. He underwent quarantine at the Silka Hotel in Tsuen Wan until Apr 5. He then moved to his residence at Shek Wah House of Shek Lei (II) Estate, Kwai Chung.

The patient works at the construction site at the  Tseung Kwan O - Lam Tin Tunnel , and underwent regular testing on May 9, and the result was negative.

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On May 23 he went for another test at the community testing centre in Wai Tsuen Sports Centre in Tsuen Wan and tested positive. He is asymptomatic.

In line with health protocols, the government has issued compulsory testing notices on all the places the two patients had been to in the past 14 days.

In addition, those who had been to places linked to the Filipina with the mutant variant will have to undergo tests on days 3, 7, 12 and 19, following the announcement of her infection. They will also be required to self-monitor until the 21st day.  

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