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Another Indonesian helper tests positive after quarantine

14 October 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap


The helper had moved in with her employer in Providence Bay, Tai Po when found infected

Another Indonesian domestic helper has tested positive for coronavirus after ending her 21-day quarantine at Silka Tsuen Wan hotel, the second such case in just eight days. 

According to a statement released by the Centre for Health Protection today, Oct 14, the 30-year-old helper arrived from Indonesia on Sept 17 via flight CX798. She tested negative on arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, and on all six tests administered during her quarantine.

After completing her quarantine on Oct 7, she moved to her employer’s residence at Tower 10, Phase 3 - The Graces, Providence Bay, Tai Po. The next day she developed symptoms, but got tested only on Oct 12. The result was positive but with a low viral load.

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After being taken to hospital, the test result was indeterminate. She received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine on Jul 9 and Aug 11 in Indonesia.

Nevertheless, she was included in the list of positive cases, raising Hong Kong’s total Covid tally to 12,276 confirmed cases.

The CHP also issued a compulsory testing notice for the building where she resided and places that she visited. Everyone who had been to these places should get themselves tested by Oct. 16.


The case comes just eight days after another Indonesian domestic worker tested positive nine days after ending her 21-day quarantine, also at Silka Tsuen Wan Hotel.

The 43-year-old helper tested positive during routine testing, but negative after being taken to hospital, where she also tested positive for antibodies. She was asymptomatic.

In this case, the employer’s residential building in Heng Fa Chuen, Chai Wan was put under a CTN, as well as Victoria Park, which the helper twice visited after ending her quarantine.

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As in the first case, the helper had two jabs of the Sinovac vaccine in Indonesia.

In the past several months, several helpers had the same experience. On May 22, an Indonesian helper was found infected four days after ending her quarantine. The next day, a Filipina helper also tested positive five days after quarantine, while earlier, on May 4, another Filipina was found to have the N501Y mutant strain 15 days after leaving her quarantine hotel.

In all these cases, the CTNs issued in the buildings where they had resided yielded no new cases. Some were found to have been infected in their quarantine hotels.
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