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Filipina DH, Nepali baby among 8 new Covid-19 cases

16 November 2020

By The SUN 

Newly arrived passengers wait for the result of their Covid-19 test at the airport

A newly arrived Filipina domestic worker and a one-year-old boy who flew in from Nepal were among eight new Covid-19 cases reported today, Nov 16, all of them imported. They brought to 5,467 the total number of infections in Hong Kong since January.

According to an information officer from the Centre for Health Protection, the 27-year-old Filipina flew in from Manila via Cathay Pacific flight CX 906 on Nov 14, and tested positive yesterday.

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The other cases included a year-old infant who tested positive on his second test while under quarantine in a hotel in Jordan, a 75-year-old male returnee from India, a 34-year-old male from Bangladesh, a 52-year-old man from the United States, a 34-year-old female from Spain, and two returnees from Pakistan - one 60-year-old female and a 43-year-old male.

Meanwhile a total of 2,380 reportedly availed of the Covid-19 test provided at four government-run community testing centres in Kowloon and Hong Kong island which began operating yesterday.

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The tests can be availed of at any of the centres for the reduced price of $240.

The testing centres provide specimen collection (using combined nasal and throat swabs) and Covid-19 testing services for all asymptomatic individuals (excluding children under 6 years old and people not suitable for testing) holding valid Hong Kong identity cards, Hong Kong birth certificates or other valid identity documents (including Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents).

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The four community testing centres are located at Quarry Bay Community Hall in Eastern District, Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre, Lek Yuen Community Hall in Sha Tin, and Yuen Long Town East Community Hall.

They open daily from 8am to 1:30pm, and from 2:30pm to 8pm. They are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected when they close in the afternoon and at night.

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Members of the public are encouraged to make use of the 24-hour booking system (www.communitytest.gov.hk).  All they need to provide are simple personal information like their name, HK ID card of HK birth certificate number, plus phone number.   

For enquiries, please call the following hotlines of the community testing centres:
 

Quarry Bay Community Hall, Eastern District (Prenetics)

3008 8325

Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre (Kingmed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited)

9869 3603

Lek Yuen Community Hall, Sha Tin (Hong Kong Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Centre Limited)

2986 1272
2986 1270

Yuen Long Town East Community Hall (BGI)

2818 9690

 
The government also issued a reminder that those who have undergone Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong with negative result would still be subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine when they enter the Mainland or Guangdong Province, and Macau, unless they obtained an exemption beforehad.

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They are advised to check directly with their destinations for the latest quarantine arrangement that are in place for incoming travelers, and make necessary preparations.

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