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4 newly arrived Filipina DHs test positive at HK Airport

18 December 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The 4 Filipina DHs tested positive after arriving at HK Airport

Four Filipina domestic helpers who arrived on two separate dates and flights from Manila are among the 70 confirmed coronavirus patients reported in Hong Kong today, Dec 18.

Another could be added to the list as health officials announced that one more positive case from the outbreak in a Tai Po boarding house where mostly Filipina DHs spent their days off, was included in the list. However, they could not immediately say if the newly confirmed case is a domestic worker or a close contact.

According to an information officer from the Centre for Health Protection, three of the newly arrived Filipinas flew in on Dec 16 from Manila via Philippine Airlines flight PR 300. Two are aged 31 years old and the other, 44.

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Another Filipina DH aged 37, arrived on Dec 15 via Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 272. It’s not clear why her confirmation for the disease came later than the three others.

The four were among six imported cases reported today by Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the CHP.

The two others were both air crew. One is a 52-year-old man who arrived from the United Kingdom on Dec 17 aboard British Airways flight BA027, while the other is a 40-year-old woman who came in from Japan on Dec 15 aboard Cathay Pacific Flight CX 521.

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Apart from the new case from the Fung Nin boarding house, there were 63 other local infections. Among these are 39 cases linked to previous infections and 25 with untraceable sources.

There were more than 70 people who tested preliminary positive.

Yu calls on medical colleagues to avoid social gatherings as 3 test positive after attending a party

Hospital Authority chief manager Linda Yu reported that three staff at public hospitals were found infected after attending a birthday party.

A male nurse at Kowloon Hospital was the first to test positive, followed by his brother, who’s a doctor at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital; and sister-in-law, who is a nurse at Tung Wah Hospital.

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The patients were among a group of 10 people who gathered for the birthday party last Sunday.

The male nurse’s wife, who also works at Kowloon Hospital, is now under quarantine, while four colleagues of the doctor at the endoscopy center at the AHML Nethersole Hospital are under medical surveillance.

Yu called on her colleagues to be an example to others by refraining from attending social gatherings. 

Another emerging cluster was from a music studio in San Po Kong where five elderly people who had been taking singing lessons had come down with the coronavirus. Their teacher and four close contacts were also found infected.

Chuang said no compulsory testing order had been issued for the cluster as all the close contacts of the infected patients had been located and put under quarantine. 

One elderly patient died at PYNEH last night

Meanwhile, Yu reported that two more patients had passed on in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll in public hospitals to 124.

One of these was an 85-year-old man who died at Caritas Hospital at 10:27am today. The other was an 84-year-old man with chronic illness who died at 9:34pm last night at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.

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At the press briefing, concerns were raised by several reporters about the case of a 79-yerar-old man who was found dead at home on Dec 12, and was included in the list of positive cases yesterday. He was tested posthumously at the Fu Shan Mortuary.

Reporters noted that a quarantine order was issued for the man as early as Dec 9, for being a close contact of an infected person. However, no apparent attempt was made to move him to a quarantine center, which could have saved his life.

Chuang said that people who are classified as close contacts are told to remain at home to await their transfer to a quarantine centre. But if they feel unwell, they should call the CHP’s hotline, or even the 999 emergency services, so they can be taken to hospital if needed.

In the case of the deceased, his relatives who reportedly called him up on Dec 10 had been told that he was ok, except that he had a stuffy nose. They lost contact with him the next day.

The day's confirmed cases pushed Hong Kong's total coronavirus tally to 7,970. Of these, 1,146 confirmed patients are still being treated at 23 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. About 10 percent of the sick patients are in either critical (60) or serious (61) condition. The rest are all stable.

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