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4 out of 6 new Covid-19 cases are Filipina DHs

21 September 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The elderly helper's case is untraceable (file photo)

Four Filipina domestic helpers - three of them new arrivals, and the fourth, a 60-year-old who works for a local family - were among six new coronavirus cases confirmed today, Sept 21, by Hong Kong health officials.

The two other cases were a 38-year-old male returnee from Togo, Benin; and a 45-year-old local man in Tuen Mun who was linked to a previous infection.

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Today’s new cases brought to 5,039 the total number of Covid-19 infections since late January this year.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said the elderly helper lives with her employers’ family in Ching Hoi House, Ting Ching Estate in Tin Shui Wai.

During an inquiry, the maid said that during weekends, she stayed in a room in Ma Tin Pok, Yuen Long, and shared a bathroom with other people. But police couldn’t find the address.

Chuang said the police distributed photos of the maid just in case somebody knows her.


The woman also disclosed that she went to a Tin Hau Bazaar hair salon on Sept 16 before going to the Chung Fu public market. The hairdresser will be sent for testing and quarantine.

Chuang said in the past few days, there were two confirmed cases who had been to Chung Fu market. She said on the safe side, specimen bottles would be given to stall owners and vendors there.

A 10th FDH who flew in aboard a HK Air flight on Sept 9 tests positive 

Also included in today’s new cases is another helper who flew in aboard Hong Kong Airlines Flight HH782 on Sept 9, the 10th person from that flight to test positive for Covid-19.

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The 31-year-old woman was among 13 Filipina DHs who stayed in an employment agency hostel hostel in Manila before they traveled together to Hong Kong

The third Filipina, a 55-year-old, also tested positive on her second test. She flew into Hong Kong on Sept 10 via Cathay flight CX906.

The fourth, who is 42, arrived on Sept 19 on flight CX 966, and was taken directly to hospital after testing positive at the airport.

Dr Lau Ka-hin, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, said that as of 9am today, five more confirmed patients were discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,717.

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No patient passed away in the past 24 hours, so the death toll remains at 102.

A total of 185 confirmed patients are in 17 public hospitals; 13 of them are critical, 10 are serious, and the remaining 162 are in stable condition.

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