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A former Filipina domestic worker was jailed for eight months after lending her bank account which was used to trick would-be renters in a scam.

Magistrate Bina Chainrai at the Eastern Courts also sentenced A. L. Cabanban to four weeks imprisonment for overstaying, and this will run concurrently with the other penalty.

The defendant’s counsel said Cabanban was willing to shoulder the legal responsibility behind her actions, and that she had learned her lesson. He added the defendant would...

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Another worker has been removed from Hong Kong after testing positive for COVID-19, in a seeming policy shift by the Immigration Department on newly-arrrived domestic workers.

Consul-General Raly Tejada confirmed another worker was removed from the city after her employer backed out from the employment contract. The workers were reported to have tested positive upon arrival to the city, and were treated at a local hospital.

“Upon discharge we were informed that they were taken directly to th...

5 hours ago
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Health authorities confirmed eight new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Tuesday, with two being foreign domestic workers.

This brings the total number cases in Hong Kong to 5,047.

The two female workers were among the three cases with links to previously infected individuals. Case 5041, stayed in Block 1, Venice Gardens in Tuen Mun. Case 5043 stayed in Block A, Fok Lin Building in Hung Hom.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health told Hong Kong News that...

September 22, 2020
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Domestic workers looking forward to the long holiday weekend next week will have to continue observing social distancing, as Chief Executive Carrie Lam said current measures will stay in place for another week.

The Hong Kong leader said there will not be many changes to the existing measures—like prohibiting public gatherings of more than four people and requiring face masks in several public spaces—which are set to expire on Thursday.

The measures will remain in effect until Oct. 1, the f...

September 22, 2020
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The Court of Appeal dismissed a Filipina’s landmark challenge against the government requirement for Hong Kong’s 370,000 foreign domestic workers to live with their employers.

Three judges from the court rejected domestic worker Nancy Almorin Lubiano’s appeal in a 51-page ruling on Monday, after her legal challenge against the mandatory live-in rule was junked by the Court of First Instance in 2018.

The appeal judges however ruled that Judge Anderson Chow’s assessment of Lubiano’s c...

September 22, 2020
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Four Filipino domestic workers make up most of the six new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, health authorities revealed Monday.

A 60-year-old Filipino domestic worker living in Tin Shui Wai tested positive for the coronavirus, but health authorities are still investigating the source of her infection.

In a press briefing Monday, Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said the Filipina stayed with her employer on weekdays but stayed in Yuen Lon...

September 21, 2020
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Three returnees from the Philippines are among the 23 newly confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Sunday, in a seeming rebound from lower daily tallies in the past few days.

The Centre for Health Protection reported that of the 23 cases, 19 were imported. Seven of the imported cases hailed from India, while five cases from Nepal had tested positive during their quarantine at the Regal Oriental Hotel in Kowloon City.

All three cases from the Philippines flew in on Sept. 18. A 36-ye...

September 20, 2020
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Hong Kong’s number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases has breached the 5,000-mark after 13 new infections were recorded, health officials said Saturday.

There were nine imported cases according to Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection, with five of them returning from India.

Among the imported case is a 45-year-old Filipina who arrived in Hong Kong on Sept. 8. She was quarantined at Ramada Hong Kong Grand in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Two other imported cases...

September 20, 2020
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Sa isang apartment sa Hong Kong, akay-akay ni Alexandria*, 26, ang kanyang sanggol. Mamula-mula ang pisngi nito at maamo, tila hindi nababahala sa dami ng tao sa loob ng kanilang pansamantalang tirahan.

Sa sala, nakikinig sa isang teleconference sa laptop ang dalawa pang Pilipina—na nagtuturo sa kanila kung paano maghawak ng pera. Sa kabilang kwarto naman, nakasabit ang makukulay na lobo para ipagdiwang ang panganganak ng isang Indonesian na kasama nila sa bahay.

Halos lahat ng pansamantalan...

September 18, 2020
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Hong Kong health authorities have warned against even more new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the fourth wave experts believe to batter the city this winter.

Undersecretary for Food and Health Dr. Chui Tak-yi said this threat highlighted the need for community treatment and isolation facilities.

“It’s a proactive plan of the government to prepare for the fourth wave,” he told reporters.

Chui said experts have told the Hong Kong government the winter wave can ...

September 17, 2020