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Filipina DH, family clusters among 12 new Covid-19 cases

01 September 2020

By The SUN

Drs Chuang and Yu at today's press briefing on Covid-19

A Filipina domestic helper who tested positive while in quarantine was among 12 new Covid-19 cases reported today, Sept 1.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said at the daily press briefing that the 41-year-old Filipina was found infected after her second test. She had been in isolation at the Ramada Grand View Hotel in North Point.
Another 41-year-old female from Bangladesh also tested positive while quarantined at the Ramada Hotel Grand Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

A third imported case was a returnee from India who flew via Kuala Lumpur on Aug 28 and was found infected while in quarantine.

Of the nine locally acquired cases, eight were family clusters, while one was of unknown source.

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The family clusters included four people who live in Kwai Fai House in Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate. They are three females, aged 49, 52 and 76; and one male aged 54.

Another family cluster includes two residents, both females and aged 41 and 69, who live in Block 3, Tsui Ning Garden in Tuen Mun.

The untraceable case is a 64-year-old construction worker who worked for two days dismantling structures at the Renaissance College in Discovery Bay before testing positive.
He developed symptoms on Aug 21 but did not seek help immediately.

Dr Chuang said all the dozen or so men who worked with the patient were classified as close contacts and put under quarantine. She said workers in construction sites would often take off masks to drink so the possibility of infection is high.

Dr Linda Yu of the Hospital Authority said a 66-year-old female patient passed away at Tuen Mun Hospital at 3:43 pm today, raising the death toll to 90.

Of the 4,823 cases reported in Hong Kong so far, a total of 4,379 patients have recovered and have been discharged.

As of 9am today, only 313 patients remained at 18 public hospitals and at the AsiaWorld-Expo community treatment facility. Among these, 25 are in critical condition, 29 are in serious condition, and 258 are in stable condition.
Yu says those who test positive during the mass testing will most likely be admitted to the AWE treatment facility

Dr Yu said the HA is prepared to accept any new patients from the ongoing universal testing. Since they will most likely be asymptomatic, she said the patients will be admitted to the AWE facility.
Dr Chuang said the results from the community tests done today should be known by tomorrow. Those who will test positive will be included in the list of new cases that will be made public on Thursday, Sept 3.

Participants whose result is negative will receive a text message, while the positive results will be communicated to the patient by the DH, which will also take care of hospitalization and contact-tracing.

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