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Another Filipina DH tests positive, but CHP says nothing unusual about this

14 September 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

CHP says the Filipina DH flew in via PAL 300 on Sept 12

Another Filipina domestic helper has tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Hong Kong, health officials disclosed today, Sept 14. She was among 14 new confirmed cases, which brought the total tally to 4,972.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, the Filipina DH who arrived via Philippine Airlines Flight PR 300 on Sept 12, was among two imported cases. The other was a returning resident from India.

The Filipina is the 11th DH to test positive after flying in from Manila since Wednesday, when five deployed by a single agency were all found infected at Hong Kong airport.

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Asked if they were not concerned that many travelers from the Philippines still test positive on arrival when they should have presented a negative result before departing Manila, Dr Chuang pointed out that there was also an infected case from India.

She also said the Filipino patients had taken different flights, and arrived on different dates. Further, there was a chance they were infected after testing negative, or there was a difference in the sensitivity of the test that they had in Manila.

Chuang also dismissed suggestions that the Hong Kong had failed to meet its target number of participants in the universal community testing, which ends its two-week run today.

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As of 8pm last night, a government press release said about 1.7 million  had joined the program, or about 25% of the city’s population.

Chuang said: “I think the government had no pre-set target for universal community testing.”

About a quarter of all residents joined the universal testing (RTHK photo)

She said the UCT was useful in uncovering some of the silent carriers who could otherwise not have been traced, and this helped prevent some of the invisible transmissions of the virus within the community.

Among today’s cases, six were detected through the UCT, although four of them were linked to previous infections. The two others are of unknown source.

Three of the new linked patients were found to have frequented the Do Shing Restaurant in Tuen Mun for breakfast. Two of them, aged 61 and 63, are relatives, but they did not know the third, who is 49 years old.

Chuang said it was possible that one of the restaurant staff was infected, although no one among them had so far shown symptoms.


All 30 or so staff there will be tested for the coronavirus, and the restaurant will be shut for thorough cleansing.

Dr Linda Yu from the Hospital Authority said that another elderly patient passed away in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 100. The 77-year-old male patient died at United Christian Hospital at 5:29am today.

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Yu said 194 confirmed patients are still being treated in 19 public hospitals and the treatment facility at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Of these, 21 are critical, eight are serious, and the remaining 165 are in stable condition.

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