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Second Filipina domestic worker found infected with Covid-19

27 February 2020

By The SUN

The FDW is being treated at Ruttonjee Hospital in Wanchai

A second Filipina foreign domestic worker has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Consulate.

A statement issued by the Consulate today, Feb. 27, said: "The Hong Kong Health Department officially informed the Consulate General this morning that a 29 year old Filipina has tested positive for COVID-19. The Consulate immediately called and had a brief conversation with the patient to ascertain her condition. She is in good spirits and said she no longer has fever. She added that she is well taken care of but hospital visits are not allowed given that she is in isolation. She requested for some personal items which the Consulate will immediately bring to her today. She also asked that we keep her identity secret."

The Filipina was among six new cases reported by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Health Department yesterday, which brought Hong Kong's total to 91.

Three other FDWs, both asymptomatic, have been put under quarantine after their employers were found infected, but their nationalities were not disclosed.

The Consulate said in its statement that only one Filipino remains under quarantine, and that she is healthy and asymptomatic and will be released tomorrow, Feb. 28.

The first Filipino Covid-19 patient is also expected to be released within this week, provided she continues to test negative in her test. 

"The Consulate will continue to closely monitor the condition of all our nationals and render all necessary assistance to the them," said the statement.
The new Filipina Covid-19 patient (known as the 90th case) worked for the 60-year-old member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club who was confirmed as having the virus a day earlier (85th case).

The domestic worker lives with the employer at block 4, Swiss Towers at 113 Tai Hang Road, Tai Hang. She did not travel during the incubation period.

She developed fever on Feb 16 and consulted the same private doctor on Feb 20 and 24. After her employer tested positive the helper was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wanchai where tests showed she was also infected. She is now in a stable condition.

Her employer’s husband and son, as well as another domestic helper, are all asymptomatic and have been put under quarantine.
The day’s cases also included two passengers from the Princess Diamond, who were airlifted from the cruise ship on a chartered flight arranged by the Hong Kong government on Feb 23.

They are a 21-year-old woman (87th case) and her 16-year-old brother (88th case), the youngest among all patients in Hong Kong. They joined the cruise from Jan 25 until Feb 22, and did not show any symptoms initially.

But their samples tested positive for the virus during initial testing so they were transferred from the Chun Yeung Estate Quarantine Camp to Queen Mary Hospital. Further tests on Feb 26 yielded positive results.

The siblings’ parents and maternal grandfather were confirmed to have the virus in Japan and have remained there for treatment. Their younger sister has no symptoms and remains in quarantine.
The two siblings were airlifted from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored off Yokohama

The three other cases are linked to the Buddhist temple located in Maylun Apartments in North Point.

One of the patients is a 49-year-old woman (86th case) who had visited the temple, and lives with her husband and son in Block B, Healthy Gardens in North Point. Both are asymptomatic but have been put under quarantine.

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The woman started having cough and sore throat on Feb 18 and asked CHP’s help in being taken to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on Feb. 22 where she was admitted. Her samples tested positive for the virus.

Another patient is an 80-year-old male (89th) who is the husband of the 74th case confirmed on Feb 23. He lives with his wife, daughter, granddaughter and domestic helper in Maylun Apartments and had visited the temple in the same building.

The man developed fever and cough on Feb 25 and was taken to PYNEH where he tested positive for the virus. He is now in stable condition. His daughter who also has symptoms has been admitted to PYNEH. His granddaughter and domestic helper are both asymptomatic and have been put under quarantine.

The last case is a 26-year-old male (91st case) whose mother also attended the temple, and was confirmed to have the virus on Feb 24 (76th case). The family lives in Phase 1 of Redhill Peninsula in Tai Tam.

The man developed a fever and cough on Feb 20 and sought treatment at the Hong Kong Sanitorium and Hospital on Feb. 21. On Feb 24 he went to Ruttonjee Hospital and his respiratory sample tested positive.

His father and brother and a domestic helper who lives with them are all asymptomatic and have been put under quarantine.
The recent cluster of cases were traced to the Buddhist temple in Maylun Apartments in North Point

The CHP said further investigations and contact tracing of the confirmed cases are ongoing. All close contacts will be quarantined, while medical surveillance will be made on other contacts.

A CHP spokesman warned against joining large gatherings that may include having meals together to avoid the cluster spread of the virus.

“Members of the public are urged to go out less and reduce social activities such as meals gatherings or other gatherings, and maintain appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible,” the spokesman said.

Enquiries and requests for help may be coursed through the CHP’s hotline, 2125 1122, from 8am to midnight, daily. For the latest updates on Covid-19 infection, check this website:
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