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7 Filipinos quarantined in HK are symptoms free, says PCG

17 February 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

Filipinos masked but safe queue for service at the Consulate 

The Philippine Consulate has revealed that a total of seven Filipinos have been quarantined in Hong Kong for being close contacts of patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19. But all are said to be healthy and without symptoms.

Three of those quarantined have been sent home after undergoing the mandatory 14-day isolation at the Quarantine Center and remained asymptomatic.
“They have since returned to their respective places of employment,” said Consul General Raly Tejada in a message.

“The remaining four Filipinos currently under quarantine remain healthy and asymptomatic,” he added.

ConGen Tejada said it is “important to note that no Filipino has tested positive for Covd-19 in Hong Kong.”
The Consulate’s report was forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs, which is part of the government’s Inter Agency Task Force that will meet this week to assess the travel ban imposed on Hong Kong and Macau on Feb. 2.

Thousands of Filipinos who were barred from leaving the Philippines to return to their jobs in Hong Kong have been waging a campaign to get the ban lifted, saying it has caused untold suffering to most of them.
Many of those stranded are worried that they would lose their jobs because of the prolonged ban. Others say they need to go back to pay their monthly rents and other expenses, or attend scheduled medical consultations.

A group of Filipino community leaders representing various sectors, including OFWS, musicians, academics and church organizations are due to meet ConGen Tejada this afternoon to present a petition calling for the lifting of the ban. The petition has been signed by more than 100 organizations.

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