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Indonesian DH dies of Covid-19

24 March 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


The Indonesian helper who had no previous illness died at Kwong Wah Hospital

Health authorities have reported that an Indonesian domestic helper with no prior health issues  was among the 152 patients with Covid-19 who passed away in public hospitals yesterday.

An additional 42 patients died earlier but their cases were not reported on time, while seven other cases that happened outside public hospitals were added, for a cumulative figure of 201 deaths for the day.

According to Dr Larry Lee of the Hospital Authority, the 45-year-old Indonesian woman had two doses of the BioNTech vaccine.


On Mar 21 she had a fever, chills, and lost her appetite. The next day she was unable to get up and was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital. She became unconscious along the way and when tested, was found infected with Covid-19. 

Her condition deteriorated and she died at 1:48 am yesterday. Her case has been referred to the coroner for further investigation.

Another FDH, a Filipina, also died on Mar 6 after testing positive for Covid-19 at Caritas Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po, and may well be the first migrant worker to succumb to the disease in Hong Kong.


However, the death of 53-year-old Magelyn Distor Handoy was not included in the daily report of Covid-19 fatalities. Her relatives say they have yet to be told of the official cause of death.

Among today’s fatalities were seven aged below 65 years old, including a 24-year-old man with late-stage cancer who tested positive for Covid-19 after being taken to Tuen Mun Hospital on Mar 18.

His condition deteriorated and despite being given a number of oral medicines, he died at 4am yesterday.

Another case involved an unvaccinated 48-year-old man with brain tumor who was taken to United Christian Hospital on Dec 27, and was subsequently moved to Haven of Hope Hospital. He contracted Covid on Mar 3, and died after his condition worsened.


The additional cases reported today pushed Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 related deaths in the fifth wave of the infection to 6,557, amounting to a death rate of 0.6%.

Dr Lee reiterated that the figures merely reflect the number of people who died and were tested positive for the coronavirus before or after death. He said there could have been factors other than the virus that caused their death, and a further analysis of all the cases is needed.

Dr Au says further analysis is needed to determine if all the recorded fatalities died of Covid-19

Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection echoed the statement, saying, “We have to conduct an in-depth analysis with HA on the cause of death in relation to Covid, or if they just happened to have Covid.”

Au also said that the death rate, said to be the highest in the world, remains high because the epidemic situation in Hong Kong is still severe and the vaccination rate among the elderly remains low.

The mortality rate among those aged 80 years old and above is said to be 11.45% for those who weren’t unvaccinated or just had one dose of a vaccine, but is just 3.38% for those who had at least two jabs, or three to four times more.


Overall, Au said those who are unvaccinated or have incomplete vaccination are likely to die from Covid,16 times more than those who had two doses.

Au also reported that a total of 13,074 confirmed infections were recorded yesterday, reflecting a slight increase from yesterday’s figure of just over 12,000.

The number of reported results from rapid antigen tests was 7,342 while those from PCR was 5,732. One imported case was recorded.

They raised the cumulative number of cases in the fight wave to 1,085,953.

A total of 11,193 patients are being treated in public hospitals and the community isolation facility at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Among these are 40 who are in critical condition (18 of them unvaccinated) and 64 in serious condition. The number of critical patients who are in intensive care total 108.

Over the past 24 hours, 1,385 patients have been discharged from hospitals.

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