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Sri Lankan DH tests preliminary positive for Covid-19

04 March 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Chuang reported 9 new Covid-19 cases, and more than 10 preliminary positive ones

A Sri Lankan domestic worker was among around 10 preliminary positive cases of Covid-19 reported by the Centre for Health Protection today, Mar 4.

According to CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-wan, the 37-year-old woman works in a village house in Clearwater Bay along with another foreign domestic helper, but their employer is not in Hong Kong.

A staff member at CHP said following a phone enquiry that the FDH is from Sri Lanka.

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The infected FDH lives at Honour House in Yau Ma Tei, and her source of infection is unknown. If her test result is confirmed tomorrow, her fellow worker will be put under quarantine, said Chuang.

The 3 imported cases include a Filipina DH found to have the coronavirus variant

The other preliminary cases with unknown sources include an 18-year-old male student from Sau Mau Ping, a 48-year-old male clerk who lives in Sham Shui Po, and a 47-year-old male staff of the Labour Department in Cheung Sha Wan who visited a total of eight restaurants during the incubation period.

The CHP official said there were nine confirmed cases today, three of them imported. 

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They include a 29-year-old female FDH who flew in from the Philippines aboard a Cebu Pacific flight, and was also found to have the coronavirus variant.

She brought to 51 the total number of cases with the variant found in Hong Kong, said Chuang, who also said they are “a cause for concern.”


The two other imported cases are a 32-year-old Indonesian DH and a 12-year-old boy from Pakistan, who both also tested positive at the airport.

Only one of the six local cases had an unknown source, a 69-year-old security guard who works at a building in Sham Shui Po and lives in Tin Shui Wai. Tenants in his office building and residents in his block will have to undergo compulsory testing.


Among the linked cases is a second staff at the Cartier boutique in K11 Musea, who was found infected while in quarantine.

Chuang said it’s unclear if the two infections from the shop are related to the cluster of cases from Mr Ming’s Chinese restaurant in the same mall. There are now a total of 50 cases from that cluster: nine staff, 22 patrons and 19 close contacts.

The linked cases also include two close contacts of a retired academic staff at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology who appeared to have picked up the virus from a friend who recently arrived from Shanghai and was allowed to skip quarantine.

According to Hospital Authority’s Dr Lau Ka-hin, a 78-year-old male patient at Princess Margaret Hospital with chronic diseases passed away earlier today at Princess Margaret Hospital from complications from Covid-19.

His death brought to 195 the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in public hospitals in Hong Kong.

The total number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong has reached 11,056 as of today.

Among the 229 confirmed patients still being treated in public hospitals and two treatment facilities, 13 are in critical condition, 12 are seriously ill, while the remaining 197 are stable.

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