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Two Filipinas recover from Covid-19 as HK cases reach 132

13 March 2020

By The SUN

3 of the 5 infected Filipinas are already out of the hospital 

Two of four Filipinos who had earlier tested positive for the novel coronavirus have been discharged from hospital after recovering, leaving their two compatriots still in isolation, according the Consulate on Mar 12.

Their release comes six days after the first Filipina Covid-19 patient was discharged from the hospital after repeated subsequent tests all turned out negative results.

Consul General Raly Tejada announced the release of the two: “Good news! The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong is pleased to inform that two more Filipinos were certified Covid-19 free and discharged from the hospital today,” Congen Tejada said.
He said two other Filipinas were placed in quarantine after being traced as contacts to Covid-positive individuals. There are now six Filipinos in quarantine, all healthy and asymptomatic, he said.

Across Hong Kong, two additional cases of Covid-19-positive patients were reported by the Centre for Health Protection on Mar 12, taking the number of confirmed cases to 131, with one probable case.

One of the new cases involved a 31-year-old man who had flown from Boston to Manila via Tokyo on Mar 1, then stayed in the Philippines for a week. He flew to Hong Kong via Cathay’ CX930 flight on Mar 8, and tested positive at Queen Mary Hospital after on Mar 12.
He lives at Serene Court in Kennedy Town with his wife, who has been put under quarantine.

The other case is the 37-year-old husband of the 31-year-old woman who was the 130th Covid-positive case on Mar 11. He had a good past health when he arrived with his wife and son from England on Feb 29.

He stayed at his parents-in-law’s flat at iPlace on Castle Peak Road, Kwai Chung. He developed fever on Mar 3, was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment on Mar 11, and tested positive for the virus the next day.
Earlier, 22 males and 22 females aged 3 to 85 met the reporting criteria for Covid-19 and are undergoing tests in hospitals, the Hospital Authority said.

There are now 117 patients under isolation while 75 patients with Covid-19 confirmed or probable infections have been released after recovery.

CG Tejada says the Consulate has been extending help to Filipinos affected by the pandemic in HK

The number of Covid-positive Filipinas rose to five on Tuesday, Mar 10, when another domestic worker was among three new confirmed ill with the virus in Hong Kong.

The Filipina, 48, is the fifth migrant worker to be infected by the virus disease from her employer.
Hong Kong health authorities said the Filipina lives with her 52-year-old employer in Block 28, Lower Baguio Villa in Pokfulam. She is said to have an underlying illness.

Both employer and helper were found to have fever on Mar 9 while being checked in preparation for quarantine. The employer’s mother, who joined a 21-member tour group in India during the incubation period, was earlier found to have the disease.

But both the helper and her employer did not travel outside Hong Kong recently.

The helper was reported to have developed cough with sputum and runny nose since Mar 4. Both she and her employer are now said to be in stable condition. 

The fourth Filipina who tested positive for Covid-19 was among four new cases reported on Mar 8. The PCG said she is 47, “in good spirits and not showing any symptoms.”

Local media reported that the patient is one of two domestic workers of Yvonne Chow, a socialite member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club who tested positive on Feb. 25.

Chow’s other maid, a 29-year-old Filipina, was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital after showing symptoms and tested positive for the disease on Feb. 26.


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