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One Filipina and one Indonesian DH among 21 new Covid-19 cases

07 September 2020

By The SUN
The community-wide testing has uncovered 15 infections so far, including today's 5

A 33-year-old Filipina domestic helper who arrived from Manila on Friday was among six imported cases out of 21 newly confirmed coronavirus patients today, Sept 6, in Hong Kong, according to health officials.

Five of the new cases were detected through the universal community testing, including a 42-year-old Indonesian domestic helper who was found infected along with her employers, a 92-year-old man and his 89-year-old wife.

The three  who live in Victoria Towers in Tsim Sha Tsui went to the Castle Peak Road testing center in Tuen Mun on Sept 2 and were found positive yesterday, according to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection.

The helper reportedly developed symptoms such as a sore throat on Aug 22 while her employers had symptoms on Aug 29. The couple went to a private doctor who treated them for several days, Chuang said.

The doctor and the patients at the clinic visited by the patients will be quarantined and put under medical surveillance.

The two other cases uncovered through the mass testing are a 60-year-old housewife who lives in Tung Chung and a 59-year-old man who lives in Ngau Chi Wan and used to work at Jinlin Palace Restaurant in Wan Chai which has been closed. 

Chuang said officials would continue to monitor the number of cases daily to see whether there was an upward trend. Yesterday, only seven cases were recorded, and 12 the day before.

“We have 21 cases today and five are a result of the universal community testing, which explains a bit but not all the cases,” she said. “We will have to observe day by day to see if there is an increasing trend or not.”

Apart from the Filipina DH, the five other imported cases were two airline crew from the United States and Russia, and returnees from Spain, India and Pakistan.

The Pakistani returnee was the pregnant woman aged 25 who tested preliminary positive during her ante-natal check-up at Tuen Mun Hospital yesterday, one day after finishing her 14-day quarantine.

Chuang said five other local cases were linked while seven others had unknown sources.

Fewer than 10 people tested preliminarily positive. 

Chuang said all inmates at detention facilities will be tested after two detainees tested positive today.

The first was a 54-year-old detainee at Lai Chi Kok Detention Centre who was previously confined at Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre and tested preliminary positive yesterday.

More than 7,000 inmates will be tested after the second detainee tested positive at Castle Peak
The second was a detainee who had just completed his sentence in Pik Uk Prison and was taken to the Castle Peak Immigration Detention Centre where he was tested and found infected on Sept 5.

The inmate served his sentence in Pik Uk Prison from Aug 22 to Sept 5 after being held at Lai Chi Kok reception center. Chuang said all his close contacts at Pik Uk, the CIDC and Lai Chi Kok will have to be quarantined and sample bottles distributed for testing.

“In view of two cases…we are arranging with the Security Bureau to conduct a one-off testing for all persons in custody which will involve more than 7,000 people,” Chuang said.

The new cases brought to 4,879 the total number of people infected with Covid-19 since the outbreak in Hong Kong began in late January .

A 69-year-old female Covid-19 patient who was being treated in isolation at Kwong Wah Hospital in Yaumatei passed away Saturday night and an 82-year-old male patient died tonight at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, bringing the death toll to 95.

Hospital Authority chief manager Dr Linda Yu said 18 patients have recovered and were discharged over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,510.

As of 9 am today, 223 confirmed patients are still being treated in 19 public hospitals and the community treatment facility  in AsiaWorld-Expo, among which 21 are in critical condition, 14 are in serious condition and the remaining 188 patients are in stable condition.

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