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Two Filipina DHs the only imported cases as infections drop to 8

16 February 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

One Filipina was quarantined at Dorsett Hotel in Wanchai, and the other, in Tsuen Wan

Two Filipina domestic workers who recently arrived from Manila were the only imported cases today, Feb 16, as Hong Kong reported eight confirmed coronavirus patients, its lowest daily tally since November last year. However, more than 20 preliminary cases have reportedly been found.

An information officer at the Department of Health said the two Filipinas initially tested negative upon arrival on the same Cebu Pacific flight on Feb 7, but were found positive on the 12th day of their hotel quarantine.

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The first Filipina aged 37 was spending her quarantine in Dorsett Hotel Wanchai while the other, aged 30, was staying at Dorsett Hotel Tsuen Wan when they tested positive. 

The officer said there was no indication that they were infected with the British variant of Covid-19, unlike a fellow Filipina DH who was among the nine infected cases reported yesterday.

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The Centre for Health Protection, which skipped its daily press briefing today as the number of cases remained in a single digit for the second day, said in a press release that the new cases brought the total tally in Hong Kong to 10,797.

The death toll in public hospitals rose to 188 today when an 82-year-old woman patient with chronic diseases died at 11:26 am today at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung.


The hospital said the patient was admitted to PMH on Jan 20 due to dizziness, chest discomfort and sore throat. She subsequently tested positive and her condition deteriorated until she passed away.

The CHP said that of the six local cases, three had unknown sources while the other three were all linked to a previous infection.


A 39-year-old housewife, the first case with unknown source, developed fever and headache on Feb 9. She went to a general out-patient clinic on Feb 13 for examination and submitted a deep throat saliva sample on Sunday.
The second untraceable case was a 53-year-old senior fireman at Kwai Chung Fire Station who lives in Tai Sang Wai, Yuen Long. He developed headache, cough and sore throat and went to Pok Oi Hospital in Tuen Mun on Feb 14. He reportedly last went to work on Feb 10.

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The third case with unknown source was a girl aged 8 who had no symptoms but had to go to a Community Testing Centre on Feb 14 for compulsory testing. The student tested positive yesterday.

Three of her neighbors in Shek Yi House, Shek Lei Estate in Kwai Chung came down with the infection earlier and the virus might have spread via communal facilities in the building, the CHP said.

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On Monday, Hong Kong reported nine new Covid-19 cases, the first time since November that its daily figure had dropped to single digits.

Health officials and medical experts, however, said the number could increase after the Lunar New Year break because people became lax with social distancing or did not want to seek medical help during the holidays, in line with tradition.
A total of 302 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days from Feb 2 to 15, including 261 local cases of which 81 are from unknown sources. The CHP said investigations and contact tracing on the confirmed cases are continuing.
As most Hongkongers returned to their jobs after the four-day Lunar New Year break, restaurant and construction employees continued to queue up across the city to get a Covid-19 test, as part of the government requirements for them to resume work.

The workers had been lining up over the holidays for the test, which they must do every fortnight when the government relaxes some social distancing measures starting on Feb 18.

The include the reopening of venues such as gyms, cinemas and massage parlours, and the extension of dine-in services in restaurants to 10pm, from the current 6pm.

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