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Asymptomatic Filipina DH tests positive at universal testing

05 September 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

The infected Filipina remained in Yuen Long even during her off days

A Filipina who spent weekends gathering with her fellow domestic helpers in Yuen Long was among seven confirmed Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong today, Sept 5, the lowest number in more than two months.

The 39-year-old Filipina was one of two infected patients detected yesterday after they volunteered to join the  universal community testing now underway across the city. A total of 10 infections have been uncovered  from the scheme so far.
According to Dr Chuang Shuk-wan of the Centre for Health Protection, the Filipina lives with her employer in Tai Tseng Wai village in Yuen Long. On weekends, like on Aug 29-30, she would go to a village house where she gathered with her fellow FDHs.

“We learned that she would stay with her fellow countrymen at a certain place. They would be chatting, they would be having a lot of fun and they will stay there for a long time together. Sometimes they do not wear face mask all the time,” Chuang said.

After the Filipina tested positive, her employer as well as two of her friends she socialized with, plus another who lives in the house where they hung out, would be put in a quarantine centre for 14 days.
The Filipina, who was asymptomatic, had herself tested on Sept 2 at Chiu Lut Sau Secondary School in Yuen Long.

The other patient from the mass testing is a 60-year-old man who works as an aircon repairman in Nga Tsin Long Road in Kowloon City, and often went to a teahouse near his workplace. He lives with his wife on Argyle Street.

CHP records show he developed symptoms on Aug 31, but still joined the mass testing the next day at the Kowloon City Sports Centre.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam visiting one of the testing centres in Kowloon
All the new infections were locally acquired, with four linked and three of unknown origin.

The third unknown case is a 62-year-old garage repairman in Tokwawan who usually went to restaurants near his workplace. He lives in Fung Tak estate in Diamond Hill.

Two of the linked cases were reported as preliminary positive yesterday. One is a 63-year-old man who stayed at Metropark Hotel in Mong Kok, and is the fifth confirmed case from that cluster.


The other is the 64-year-old security guard in Tai Wai, whose wife was among those reported as a positive case yesterday, after she took part in the mass testing on Sept 1.

The two other patients, both females, aged 55 and 72, are linked to family clusters.

Two of at least 10 preliminary positive cases have caused concern because they interacted with a number of people before their infection was detected.

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One is a 25-year-old pregnant Pakistani woman who was found infected after she was tested during an ante-natal check-up in Tuen Mun Hospital.

The woman, who is 36 weeks pregnant, attended her scheduled check-up yesterday, a day after ending her 14-day quarantine after arriving from Pakistan. She reportedly flew in via Doha along with her husband and son.

A cleaner who did not wear protective gear when she cleaned the toilet in the hospital after the patient had used it, will be put in quarantine.


Another who tested preliminary positive is a 54-year-old inmate at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre who attended a hearing at West Kowloon Court yesterday. After developing a fever last night, he was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was tested.

The man was initially to the Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre on Aug 21, but was moved to the detention facility on Thursday. He reportedly wore a mask while getting in and out of the different facilities and the court.

But as a precautionary measure, several hundred specimen bottles will be handed out to inmates and staff at the two detention centres. At least one man who shared a cell with the patient has been put under medical surveillance.

Chuang said it is up to the Security Bureau to decide whether to conduct mass testing among inmates and staff at the different detention facilities.

Of the 4,858 confirmed cases in Hong Kong to date, only 236 patients are still being treated in 20 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 23 are in critical condition, 14 are in serious condition, and 199 are stable.

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