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Covid infections jump to 851, but most cases mild

Posted on 11 June 2022 No comments

By Daisy CL Mandap


18 Covid cases have been traced to Rack's City, a bar and pool venue in Central (File)

Health officials reported 851 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday - a jump of nearly 180 from the day before - but assured that the rebound in cases has not led to more people getting hospitalized.

"Fortunately, we have not observed any increase so far in the [hospital] admission figures and the number of serious and death cases," Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said at the daily press conference.

"So we'll closely monitor the situation to see whether there's any increase in the burden on the health care system."


Chuang said other indicators of the pandemic like the positive rates for sewage and lockdowns and the reproductive rate of the virus have seen a slight increase recently, so they will continue to monitor the situation.

She declined to give an opinion on whether social distancing measures ought to be tightened anew because of the increase in the number of cases.

Of the new cases, 491 were confirmed through PCR tests and the remaining 360 were self-reported rapid test results that were confirmed by laboratories.

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Imported cases made up 74 of the total, and of these, 30 were detected at the airport on Jun 9 and 10; 31 were found at quarantine hotels; and the remaining 13 after the patients had left isolation.

Two outbreaks were again found in bars in Central and Sheung Wan – Racks City on Wyndham Street where 18 cases have been detected, and FLM on Jervois Street where 12 customers have tested positive.

Chuang said the one of those linked to FLM had earlier visited LINQ on Pottinger Street, another Covid-hit bar, and health officials are still looking if there is a link between the two clusters.

Another bar, Shuffle at Lan Kwai Fong, added five more infections, raising the total number in the cluster there to 118, comprising 112 customers and six staff.

Despite it being a weekend, some Covid-19 cases were reported by schools, including another student at class 4B of Po Leung Kuk English Primary School in To Kwa Wan. To date, 14 infections have been reported in this class.


Two more unlinked cases involving the Omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1, have been detected. These are a 57-year-old woman who works as a dishwasher at Cathay Pacific’s lounge at the airport and a 61-year-old woman who lives in Wo Che estate in Shatin.

The total infection tally from the fifth wave now stands at 1,205,703 while the death toll remains at 9,177 since no new death was reported yesterday.


There are 373 patients receiving treatment in public hospitals and the North Lantau infection 
control centre. Among them, 12 are in critical condition and seven are in serious condition.

In the past 24 hours, 55 patients have recovered and 50 have been discharged.

Dating DH ipinaaresto dahil hindi sinipot ang hearing

Posted on 26 April 2022 No comments


Hindi sumipot sa Eastern Magistracy sa pagdinig ng kanyang kaso

Inutos ang pag-arresto sa isang Pilipinang dating domestic helper kanina dahil hindi dumating sa Eastern Magistracy sa pagdinig ng magta-tatlong taon na niyang kaso.

Nakalista para dinggin sa korte ang kaso ni Kris Hope Vargas, 31, na “breach of condition of stay – overstay”.


Pero ayon sa mga dokumento sa korte, may isa pa siyang hinaharap mas mabigat na paratang, ang “dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offence”. (Tunghayan ang aming balita tungkol dito noong Pebrero 2021:

Maliban sa pag-utos na arestuhin si Vargas, sinabi rin ni  Magistrate Leung Ka-kie na huwag siyang payagan muling mag-piyansa.


Ang kaso niyang overstaying ay nagsimula noong March 10, 2020 matapos ang 14 araw na palugit para siya umuwi matapos siyang materminate ng kanyang amo dahil hindi na siya pinayagan ng Immigration Department na palawigin ang kanyang pagtira sa Hong Kong,

Inakusahan naman siyang nagpagamit ng kanyang ATM card sa money laundering matapos makantanggap ang kanyang account sa Hang Seng Bank ng $691,059.07, na agad namang na-withdraw,  sa pagitan ng May 3, 2019 at Aug. 11, 2020.

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Ang ganitong kasalanan ay nakalista sa ilalim ng Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, na nagtatakda ng parusang pagkakakulong ng hanggang 14 taong pagkabilanggo kung dumaan ang kaso sa paglilitis o 3 taon kung hindi, at multang hanggang $5 million kung dumaan sa paglilitis at $500,000 kung hindi.

Samantala, sa isang hiwalay na kaso ay inutos ni Magistrate Leung ang pagsampa sa District Court ng asunto laban sa family driver na si Roland Ducusin, 39.


Nakabanga si Ducusin noong July 28, 2021 ng isang matandang Intsik sa Wan Chai habang pauwi sila ng ina niya galing sa palengke, lulan ang sasakyan ng kanilang amo.

Namatay ang biktima noong araw ding iyon. 

Para sa karagdagang detalye, matutunghayan ang nauna naming report dito:

FDH numbers drop to record low since pandemic began

Posted on 20 March 2022 No comments


Domestic helper does her marketing early to avoid crowds

Obstacles in coming to Hong Kong due to the Covid-19 pandemic have brought down the number of  Filipino domestic helpers by 9.06 percent to 187,002 last February, from 206,481 in February 2021, figures from the Immigration Department show.

This is the lowest number recorded since the coronavirus was first detected in Hong Kong more than two years ago. From a high of 219,728 recorded at the end of January 2020, there has now been an overall drop of 32,726 in the number of Filipino DHs in Hong Kong, or 14.89%. 

The decline was not limited to Filipinos, who had to face two flight bans and a number of airline flight suspensions during the period, as the total number of foreign domestic helpers fell by 10.4 per cent from 370,556 as of Feb. 28, 2021 to 332,184 this year.

From a high of 400,121 recorded in January 2020, the drop overall was double that for the Filipino DHs. As of the latest tally in February this year, the number fell to 332,184 or a loss of 67,937.

The Indonesian DH population slipped by 8.9 percent from 155,477 in February last year to 137,788, while the Indian ranks thinned by 16 per cent from 4,372 to 3,665. Other nationalities suffered a loss of 12 per cent from 4226 to 3729.


With similar declines in the other nationalities, the Philippines retained the number one rank among FDH-sending countries, accounting for 56.3 per cent of all FDHs in Hong Kong this year, up slightly from 55.72 per cent in 2021.

The Filipinos began the year in review with a slight bump in numbers, rising from 206,481 in February, to 207,353 in March, and 207,055 in April.

From there, however, the number went steadily downhill, a result of the first flight ban that took effect on April 20, 2021.


The Hong Kong government had initially banned for 14-days all incoming flights from the Philippines, India and Pakistan as; these countries were classified as “extremely high risk”. In addition, visitors who stayed in these countries for at least two hours in the past 21 days were not allowed to board planes bound for Hong Kong.

The two-week ban was extended, until it was lifted on Aug. 9, 2021, but only for those who had  been fully vaccinated and tested negative in RT-PCR test within 72 hours before their flights. 

But the number of Filipino DHs continued to decline at the rate of a thousand a month -- to 198,625 in August -- this time due to difficulties in booking  quarantine hotels, where they needed to spend 21 days after arrival.


On Jan 5, 2022, Hong Kong announced its second two-week ban not just from the Philippines, India and Pakistan, but also from Australia, Canada, France, Britain and the United States, in response to the fifth wave of the pandemic -- the spread of the Omicron variant.

That month saw the number of Filipinos drop at the rate of two thousand monthly, hitting 189,887 in January 22 to 187,002 in February.

The new flight ban had since been extended to April 22, although Chief Executive Carrie Lam has hinted that it may be lifted soon.

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"While the demand for migrant domestic workers remains," said Eman Villanueva, vice chairman of the Filipino Migrant Workers' Union, "Filipinos were unable to take the job because of the flight bans."

He added: "We worry most for those who have spent so much to come to Hong Kong but remain stranded in the Philippines. They are mostly buried in debts because of the placement fees and other expenses they incurred but are unable to leave the country. Many employers are backing out and are just looking for applicants who are already in Hong Kong."

FMWU's Eman Villanueva

Villanueva also sees another reason for the  drop in FDH numbers.

"The number of OFWs in Hong Kong has been steadily decreasing since late 2019 at the height of the protest movement in Hong Kong. Some OFWs decided to go home for good fearing that the situation here will worsen. Some left because their employers left Hong Kong for good," Villanueva said.


"When the pandemic started, the number of local residents losing their jobs also increased," he added.  "We also worry for those whose contracts were prematurely terminated as their employers become unemployed or decided to leave Hong Kong. 

"They are forced to go back home unprepared and most likely will remain unemployed because of the more serious economic situation in the Philippines brought about by months of lockdowns and failed pandemic response of the government," Villanueva said.

Domestic helper may be the first Filipino to die of Covid-19 in Hong Kong

Posted on 07 March 2022 No comments

By Leo A. Deocadiz 

Magelyn Distor Handoy, 53.

A domestic helper from Capiz is probably the first Filipino to succumb to the coronavirus in Hong Kong when she died a few minutes after midnight on March 6 at Caritas Medical Center in Sham Shui Po.

The official cause of death of Magelyn Distor Handoy, 53, has not yet been released but Bebelynn Rendon, a sister in law who talked to her by phone a day before she died, said Handoy had difficulty breathing when she told her she had tested positive for Covid-19.

She also said that Handoy's employer told her that she died of Covid-19.


One of Handoy’s nieces, Abby D. Michael, echoed Rendon’s observation: “Friday nag-usap pa tayo nhe sabi mo ok klang kahit ramdam ko na nahihirapan kana magsalita (Last Friday we even talked and you said you were okay, although I felt that you were already having difficulty talking).”

However, Consul General Raly Tejada said: "We shall await the official notification from the HK authorities to determine the official cause of death. We will be also meeting with the employer tomorrow. Consulate is now coordinating with the family in Panitan, Capiz."

Handoy had her second jab of the Sinovac vaccine last July.


Handoy, who arrived in Hong Kong in 2011 and lived with her last employers in Sham Shui Po where she took care of their two daughters, is survived by her husband, Richard and daughter, Faith.

In his post on her Facebook page, Richard said in Ilonggo that while it was painful to lose her and difficult to accept it, there was nothing they could do. He asked that she guide them always.

Isa na lang napangabay namon nga makapuli na di ikaw kag matagaan ka namon sang disente nga lubong (Our only wish is that you can come home here so we can give you a decent burial),” he added.


Her Facebook page also received condolence messages from relatives and friends.

Rendon said Handoy first complained of pain in her gums because of a broken denture. She was taken  to a doctor who prescribed medicines to stop the swelling and infection.

She later complained of abdominal pains, but since she had a history of fatty liver, she was given dietary advice. But the pain continued and when her employer noticed that her belly was becoming larger, she was taken to hospital by ambulance on Feb. 26. 


She was released the next day, Rendon said, but went to the house of her employer's mother to stay away from the children she was taking care of. 

On March 5, Congen Tejada said, Handoy was again taken to Caritas after complaining of breathing difficulties. "She subsequently tested positive for Covid-19," he said. 

Rendon said that she went to Caritas that morning to visit Handoy and bring her Anlene, a milk product to help her cope with fatty liver. But she wasn't allowed to see her sister-in-law as she had by then tested positive for Covid-19.

At 12:36 am on March 6, Handoy died. 

Tejada said: "She passed away... while undergoing treatment at the hospital’s emergency department."

Rendon said she was calling Handoy that morning but she was no longer answering. She contacted Handoy’s employer, who said the police had earlier informed her of the death.

FDH pinaalalahanan: Bantay laban sa pagtitipon-tipon magiging mas istrikto

Posted on 12 February 2022 No comments
Mas mahigpit daw ang gagawing pagbabantay sa mga puntahan ng FDH sa kanilang day-off.

Nagpaalalang muli ang gobyerno ng Hong Kong sa mga foreign domestc helper (FDH) na istriktong sumunod sa mga patakaran para maiwasang mahawa sa Covid-19 sa araw ng kanilang day-off, o masita at utusang magmulta ng mga nagbabantay.

Ito ang mga dapat tandaan:

Kailangang naka-suot ng facemask sa lahat ng pagkakataong nasa publikong lugar.

Dalawa na lang ang pwedeng magkumpol sa mga pampublikong lugar, na ibinaba mula apat.


Mga miyembro lang ng dalawang kabahayan o pamilya ang maaring magsama sa iisang lugar

Ipinagbabawal na rin ang pagtitipon sa mga simbahan 


Ayon sa Labour Department, kabilang sa mga magpapatupad ng bagong regulasyon ang mga tauhan ng Hong Kong Police Force, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Home Affairs Department at Leisure and Cultural Services Department. 

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Sila ay maglilibot sa may dalang sound system upang mag-broadcast ng mga paalala sa mga nakasanayan nang puntahan ng mga FDH, gaya ng Central, Tamar Park sa Admiralty, Victoria Park sa Causeway Bay, Tsuen Wan Park, ang footbridge malapit sa Fa Yuen Street sa Mong Kok at iba pa.

Mayroon silang mga kasama na may kapagyarihang manghuli ng mga lumalaban sa patakaran. Inaasahang masita, o parusahan ng multang $5,000, ang mga lumalabag sa patakaran.


Sa isang press statement, sinabi ng Labour: "We remind FDHs to strictly observe the requirements and appeal to them to avoid gatherings (including those in boarding facilities), food sharing and other social activities on their rest days and holidays, and stay at home for rest as far as possible in order to safeguard their personal health and reduce the risk of infection. We also appeal to employers to explain the current special circumstances when discussing rest day arrangements with their FDHs and call for their mutual understanding."

Nilinaw din ng Labour na ayon sa Employment Ordinance, pwedeng magkasundo ang DH at employer na gawin ang dayoff sa ibang araw, basta ito ay nasa loob ng susunod na 30 araw. 

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Bawal rin pagtrabahuin ang isang DH sa araw ng pahinga nito.

Ang isang employer na nagpapatrabaho ng kanyang kasambahay sa araw ng pahinga na walang pahintulot nito, ay lumalabag sa Employment Ordinance at pwedeng ireklamo sa salang may parusang aabot sa $50,000, dagdag pa ng Labour. 


Ipinaalala rin ng Labour sa mga FDH na hindi pa bakunado na may karapatan sila sa libreng bakuna upang maprotektahan nila hindi lang ang sarili kundi ang iba pa sa kanilang kabahayan. Pwedeng magpa-schedule sa COVID-19 Vaccination Programme website ( 

Ang mga may tanong ay pwedeng tumawag sa FDH hotine sa 2157 9537, o magpadala ng email sa o sa portal na itinayo para sa mga FDH (

HK posts a new record-high 625 Covid cases

Posted on 08 February 2022 No comments

By The SUN 

HK will implement the strictest gathering restrictions ever starting this Thursday

Hong Kong has logged 625 new Covid-19 infections Tuesday, surpassing the previous record of 614 cases posted only a day earlier.

Of the new cases, four were imported, while the rest were locally acquired, and judging from the recent trend, most were untraceable.

Speaking at today’s daily press briefing on the coronavirus situation, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said that from yesterday’s record number of cases, about 450 were untraceable.


She also said there were around 500 preliminary positive cases, indicating the Omicron-fueled spread of the coronavirus has yet to ease.

Chuang said many of today’s cases came from recent large-scale gatherings. At least 19 big clusters of more than 10 people were said to have led to a number of people getting infected. In at least one such case, 47 people tested positive.

“I am not even talking of small groups of less than 10 people,” Chuang said.

The surge from these gatherings led to the Executive Council to approve today a proposal from the government to ban cross-family mingling of more than two households starting on Thursday.


Chuang said that of the 621 local cases, 15 carried the Delta variant, while the rest have Omicron.

Dr Larry Lee from the Hospital Authority said that as of 9am today, 1,853 Covid-19 patients were receiving treatment at various infection control centers and public hospitals.

One unvaccinated 84-year-old man is in critical condition while a 77-year-old woman who was previously listed as critical, is now in serious condition. Both are unavaccinated. Another patient, who is vaccinated, is also in serious condition.

The rest are all in stable condition.

People must use the LeaveHomeSafe app in most venues starting Feb 24

Lee said that while Omicron patients usually have only mild or no symptoms at all, others, especially the unvaccinated, can get very sick, so people should not be complacent.

Those who have yet to be vaccinated must do so immediately.

Director of Health Dr Ronald Lam said that a total of 2,600 were reported in the past two weeks, and 898 of them, or 34.5%, were unlinked.


Most of the cases (85%) carried the Omicron variant while 5.8% were Delta cases. A big chunk of the cases, or 80%, had a Ct value of 30, indicating they were highly infectious.

Lam said that starting this afternoon, the Stay Home Safe Program, under which close contacts or contacts of close contacts are allowed to isolate at home for either four or 14 days, depending on their proximity to an infected person, has begun.


As of noon today, 38 persons have been allowed to stay home and conduct self-monitoring by using the rapid antigen tests and checking their temperature daily.

But they must wear a wristband tracking device and should not have any contact with people outside of their homes. All deliveries to them from relatives and other individuals must be left at their doorsteps.

Paano maiwasang malimas ng ibang tao ang pera mo sa bangko

Posted on 06 February 2022 No comments

Kung nakatanggap ka ng text sa iyong mobile phone o sa WhatsApp, na nagsasabing ito ay iyong bangko at may problema sa account mo, magduda ka na. Malamang ito ay “phishing” text.

Ang mga mensaheng ito – gaya ng pinakabagong kumakalat na mensahe na nagsasabing naka-freeze ang iyong account at nag-uutos na magpunta ka sa isang website sa pamamagitan ng hyperlink na nakasaad dito --  ay tinatawag na “phishing”, isang tangka na makuha ang impormasyon mo na pwedeng gamitin upang manakaw ang pera sa iyong account.


Halos pare-pareho ang modus nila: Papadalhan ka ng mensahe na may problema sa iyong account at hihimukin kang magpunta sa isang website, para doon mag-log in. Dito mo maibubunyag ang iyong impormasyon gaya ng account number at password, sa pamamagitan ng pagfill-up ng form dito. 

Kapag nakuha na ang datos mo, madali nang buksan ang iyong internet bank account. Kung ito naman ay credit card, ang iyong number at ilan pang bang detalye ay pwede na nilang gamitin sa pag-shopping, na malalaman mo lang kapag sinisingil ka na ng bangko sa mga pinamili nila. 


Isang Pilipinang residente ng Hong Kong na umuwi na sa Pilipinas ang nabiktima ng ganitong phishing operation. 

Nakatanggap daw siya ng email mula sa kanyang bangko na may problema sa kanyang account at hinihinging mag log-in siya sa website gamit ang “hyperlink” na nakasaad sa mensahe. 

Dahil hindi siya masyadong maalam sa internet ay pinabayaan niya ang dalagang anak na gawin ang sinabi sa emal. Nag log-in ang anak niya at malayang binigay ang kanyang account number at password, pero ang napuntahan pala nito ay isang pekeng website ng kanyang bangko.

Pagkatapos ang ilang araw ay nalaman niyang nalimas ang mahigit $600,000 mula sa kanyang account na naipon nila ng yumao niyang asawa simula pa noong sila ay nagtatrabaho sa Hong Kong.


“Nagreklamo kami sa bangko namin, pero wala silang magawa dahil ang nagnakaw ay gumamit ng aming account number at tunay na password,” ika ng nawalan.

Ayon sa Hong Kong Monetary Authority, na nagsisilbing central bank dito, hindi gawain ng mga bangko na magpadala ng ganitong mga text message sa kanilang mga customer. Hindi rin nagtatanong ang bangko ng mga personal na detalye ng kanilang mga customer sa pamamagitan ng telepono, text o email. Hihingin lang ang mga impormasyon gaya ng account number at password, kung ang customer mismo ang tatawag sa Customer Service ng bangko o makakipag-transaksyon nang personal.

Naglabas ng ganitong paalala ang HKMA matapos magbabala ang ilang bangko sa kanilang mga customer.

Halimbawa, ang Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) ay naglabas kamakailan ng paalala sa mga customer nito na huwag maniwala sa mga text message na nagsasabing ang kanilang credit card ay na-freeze at dapat ayusin sa nakalagay na web address.

Ipinaalala ng HSBC sa mga customer na magpunta lamang sa opisyal nilang website,, kung magkikipag-transaksyon sa internet. Kung kailangan nila ng tulong, pwede silang tumawag sa 2233 3000.


Naglabas din ng parehong patalastas ang DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited laban sa ganitong phishing operation.

Ayon sa HKMA, kung isa ka sa mga nagbigay ng iyong mga detalye sa ganitong raket, agad tumawag sa iyong bangko upang pigilan ang mga transaksyon na wala kang pahintulot. Pwede ka ring tumawag sa Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau ng Hong Kong Police Force sa 2860 5012.


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