Coronavirus Update in HK: A fourth Filipina OFW among the five new cases of COVID-19

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that one of the new novel coronavirus or COVID-19 case involves a 47-year-old Filipina (the 113th case) who is a domestic worker and the fourth Filipino to test positive with COVID-19 in Hong Kong.

The patient has good past health condition and lives with her employer (at Block 4, Swiss Towers at 113 Tai Hang Road, Tai Hang with her employer and Jockey Club member Yvonne Chow (the 85th case) who was confirmed on February 25. She is also a close contact of another Filipina, the 90th case confirmed on February 26.


She has all along been asymptomatic and was earlier sent to the quarantine centre as a close contact. Her respiratory specimen was tested positive for COVID-19 virus yesterday. She is now under treatment at Prince of Wales Hospital and is in a stable condition.

She has all along been asymptomatic and was earlier sent to the quarantine centre as a close contact. Her respiratory specimen was tested positive for COVID-19 virus yesterday. She is now under treatment at Prince of Wales Hospital and is in a stable condition. The patient had no travel history during the incubation period. Her close contacts (except the two confirmed patients), namely her employer’s husband and son are asymptomatic and are quarantined.

The CHP’s epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing on the confirmed cases are ongoing. Quarantine will be arranged for close contacts while medical surveillance will be arranged for other contacts. For the progress on the contact tracing of the cases, please see annex.

A spokesman for the CHP said, “The CHP reminded members of the public that as the transmission of COVID-19 virus has been increasing around the world, they are advised to consider delaying all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.”

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Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) press conference Photo: Dimsum News TV

“Meanwhile, according to our preliminary epidemiological investigations, clusters are observed in local community involving large meal gatherings and other gatherings. Members of the public are urged to go out less and reduce social activities such as meals gatherings or other gatherings, and maintain appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible.”

The spokesman said, “The CHP strongly urged the public to maintain at all times strict personal and environmental hygiene which is key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community. On the personal level, members of the public should wear a surgical mask when having respiratory symptoms, taking public transport or staying in crowded places. They should also perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes.”

“As for household environmental hygiene, members of the public are advised to maintain drainage pipes properly and regularly pour water into drain outlets (U-traps); cover all floor drain outlets when they are not in use; after using the toilet, they should put the toilet lid down before flushing to avoid spreading germs.”


“The CHP strongly urged the public to maintain at all times strict personal and environmental hygiene which is key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community. On the personal level, members of the public should wear a surgical mask when having respiratory symptoms, taking public transport or staying in crowded places. They should also perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes.”

The CHP will report the cases to the World Health Organization, National Health Commission, Health Commission of Guangdong Province, Indian health authority and the Hospital Authority.

The CHP has set up a hotline (2125 1122) for public enquiries. The hotline operates from 8am to midnight daily. As at 4pm today, a total of 29 555 calls were received.

Moreover, the Government has launched the website “COVID-19 Thematic Website” (www.coronavirus.gov.hk) for announcing the latest updates on various news on COVID-19 infection and health advice to help the public grasp the latest updates.

sources: CHP, HKIBC, TodayOnline

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