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Indon helper breaks HK’s week-long ‘zero local cases’ record

23 May 2021

By The SUN 

The Indonesian DH's case is classified as local with unknown source

A 39-year-old Indonesian female domestic helper was confirmed today, May 23, as a coronavirus patient, bursting Hong Kong’s week-long “zero local cases” bubble.

The Indonesian woman, whose case has been classified as local with unknown source, was one of two infections reported today. The other is a 20-year-old male resident who arrived on May 18 from the United States.


The Centre for Health Protection said the woman, who was asymptomatic, underwent mandatory testing on May 21 at a community testing centre in Sham Shui Po and was found preliminary positive the next day. She did not carry the N501Y variant.

The helper arrived in Hong Kong from Indonesia via Singapore on Feb 20 and spent the next 21 days in hotel quarantine.

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She then moved in with her new employer in Block B of Earl Gardens in Kowloon Tong where she worked for six to eight other family members, but was apparently terminated after more than two months.

From May 19 to 22 she stayed in an accommodation arranged by an employment agency in Block B of Bell House in Yau Ma Tei, along with four other helpers.

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On May 4 she got tested for Covid-19 during the first round of compulsory testing for FDHs and was found negative. On May 21 she had another test in preparation for her return to Indonesia, and was found preliminary positive.

Officials said she twice visited the Immigration Tower in Wanchai this month.


Her 11 close contacts in the two addresses where she stayed have been sent to quarantine as a result.

Everyone who had been to both Bowring Building and Earl Garden Block B were also ordered to undergo mandatory testing.

The second case involves a US returnee who developed symptoms while in quarantine

Meanwhile, the returnee from the United States who tested positive yesterday arrived in Hong Kong on May 18 on Cathay Pacific flight CX881.

The CHP said the man was symptomatic. He checked in at Regal Airport Hotel for his 21-day quarantine but tested positive on the third day.


Two preliminary positive cases were also reported today, including a Filipina domestic helper who was found with the N501Y variant, resulting in the overnight lockdown of Tower 6 of Island Harbourview in Tai Kok Tsui where she lived with her employer.

The second preliminary-positive case involves a nurse at the Kwun Chung Sports Centre vaccination centre in Jordan who last worked on Saturday.

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The latest confirmed cases brought Hong Kong’s total infection tally to 11,833.

The Hospital Authority said a total of 37 confirmed patients are being treated in 14 public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre.

Of this number, two patients are in critical condition, one is serious and the remaining 34 patients are stable.


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