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FDH arrested for leaving hotel quarantine not Filipino, says police

23 February 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The Cambodian DH was arrested after stepping out of her Silka hotel room briefly

A foreign domestic helper who was arrested after wandering out of her hotel room in Yau Ma Tei on Feb 21 is a Cambodian woman and not a Filipina as has been widely reported on social media.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the arrest via telephone today, Feb 23, and said the woman was moved to Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre in Lantau, where she will continue her 21-day isolation.

The FDH reportedly arrived in Hong Kong just the day before, and checked in for her 21-day quarantine at Silka Seaview Hotel.

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News about her arrest first surfaced on Facebook, with Filipino community leader Jhic Dacio sharing the hotel advisory to guests warning them against violating the quarantine regulation.

The hotel notice narrated the arrest of the FDH, and reminded guests that any violation of the isolation order, such as leaving the hotel room during the quarantine period, could result to a fine of up to $25,000 and six-month imprisonment for violators.

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“It is top attention that leaving the room will be deemed as breaching of the quarantine order,” the reminder said.

A photo of the hotel’s notice and narration of the incident involving the helper did not identify the woman’s nationality, but others who reposted the information said she was a Filipina.


Contacted about the post, Dacio said she was told that the detained FDH was a Filipina who flew in with a big group aboard a Philippine Airlines flight on Saturday, Feb 20. However, when she checked again, her informant who was with the group, could not give the identity of the woman arrested.

The Silka Hotel advisory merely identified the quarantine violator as FDH

Since the start of the pandemic in Hong Kong a year ago, several individuals have been fined and sent to jail for breaching the quarantine rules by leaving their hotel without permission from health authorities.

Last Friday, a man aged 53 and a woman aged 47 were charged in the Kowloon City magistracy with violating the quarantine regulation.

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In the first case, the man was jailed for two weeks after leaving home on Jul 5 last year while under compulsory 14-day quarantine. He was charged with contravening sections 8(1) and 8(5) of the regulation.

In the second case, the woman was jailed for 13 days for leaving her hotel on Jan 7 this year while under compulsory 14-day quarantine.

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