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New Covid-19 cases drop to 9, including 2 FDHs

24 August 2020

By The SUN
The  source of infection of the Indonesian DH who lives in this North Point building is unknown

 The number of new Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has fallen to single-digits, the first time this has happened in six weeks. The total number of cases now stands at 4,692 with 77 deaths.

But health authorities warn residents should not rest easy as there are still some infections with unknown source. Of the seven local cases today, four have no known sources.

They include a 45-year-old Indonesian foreign domestic helper who lives in Comfort Gardens in North Point. She is the second Indonesian DH to test positive in as many days. The one yesterday is a leukemia patient believed to have been infected by her employer.
According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, all the untraceable cases today, including the Indonesian FDH, did not do anything extraordinary, except eat in neighborhood restaurants or shop for groceries.

The two imported cases are a student who just returned from Switzerland, and a 46-year-old Filipino domestic helper who flew in from Manila on Aug 13, and tested positive on the second sample while under quarantine at the Silka Seaview Hotel in Yau Ma Tei.

The Filipina DH who tested positive flew in from Manila 11 days ago 
Dr Chuang said that although the overall tally is evidently on the decline, there is still “silent transmission” in the community, likely from asymptomatic carriers.
“We have a single-digit number today, but we have more than 10 preliminary cases,” Chuang pointed out.

She added that from the public health point of view, any relaxation of social distancing measures could result in an increase in cases, but there are other factors to consider in deciding whether the restrictions could already be lifted.

She said the upcoming universal testing could help them identify the silent carriers so they can be isolated and treated, and stop them from infecting others.

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Among the dozen or so preliminary positive cases is an 83-year-old woman who was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of the Tin Shui Wai hospital, and immediately put in the trauma ward where she was intubated. After testing preliminary positive, she was moved to Tuen Mun hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

As for the sick Indonesian domestic worker who tested positive yesterday after being put in two general wards of the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Dr Chuang said no new infection was detected from about 50 people identified as her close contacts.

Fifteen of the patients who had stayed with her in the wards and are still in hospital have all tested negative, while nine of the remaining 35 have yet to pass the 14-day observation period, so they will be sent to quarantine centers.
Chuang again apologized for the “mix-up” which resulted in the Hospital Authority not being told that the Indonesian helper should have been considered a close contact of her employer who tested positive earlier.

Dr Sara Ho of the Hospital Authority said of the nearly 4,700 cases, only 526 remain in public hospitals and community treatment facilities, with 27 in critical condition, 37 in serious condition, and 462 in stable condition.

After three staff members of a mental health facility in Lei Muk Shue tested positive yesterday, about 50 other workers there were classified as close contacts and will be sent to a quarantine centre.

The 40 patients in the facility will be moved to the AsiaWorld-Expo community isolation facility, where there will be care staff who will look after them.

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