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aaaThe Philippine Consulate General said on April 5 that another overseas Filipino worker in Hong Kong has been discharged from the hospital after recovering from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This brings to three the number of Filipinos who were cleared of COVID-19 this week. On April 2, the PCG said that two more Filipinos have been released from the hospital. One of these is case no.118, or Jinkie Alhambra. Alhambra was the fifth Filipina migrant worker to have been cleared of COVID-19. She stayed in the hospital ...

April 4, 2020
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aaaThe Filipino migrant community mourned the loss of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, the Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon who previously served as consulate general in Hong Kong.  The Department of Foreign Affairs said she died on April 2 from complications arising from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. "Prior to her assignment in Lebanon, she was Consul General in Hong Kong, looking over the welfare of hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipinos," the DFA said. "Since December 2019, she spearheaded the voluntary mass rep...

April 2, 2020
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aaaAfter almost a month in confinement, Jinkie Alhambra, the Filipina domestic worker who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 10, has finally been discharged from the hospital. “Thank God yes!,” she told Hong Kong News when we tried to confirm if she has been released on April 1. Alhambra was the fifth Filipina migrant worker to have been cleared of COVID-19. The Philippine Consulate General said on April 1 hours before Alhambra was released that 19 more remained in the hospital – 11 females and 8 male...

April 1, 2020
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aaaA Filipina who is set to resume her work in Hong Kong denied that she and another overseas Filipino worker tried to escape or dodge mandatory quarantine in the Philippines, one of the measures set in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Rufina Cabaron, a domestic worker from Isabela, refuted local news reports that she tried to evade a 14-day mandatory quarantine imposed by the Philippine government for returning Filipinos from Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. Philippine President...

March 31, 2020
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aaaThe Department of Health confirmed to Hong Kong News that two of the 59 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections it reported on March 29 include two Filipinos. The Information and Public Relations Division of the Department of Health said on March 30 that case 627, a 67-year-old woman and case 630, a 32-year old man, were both Filipinos who were part of the bar and band cluster. The bar and band cluster consists of over 120 band members, patrons and staff of Insomnia, Dusk Till Dawn, Kagesha, Centre Stage and Al...

March 30, 2020
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aaaCan foreign domestic workers who are under home quarantine still get their salary? The Labour Department told Hong Kong News that they can - if they continue to work while completing their 14-day home quarantine. “If an FDH (foreign domestic helper) stays in his/her employer’s residence during the quarantine period and continues to perform domestic duties, the employer should pay the wages earned by the FDH,” the Information and Public Relations Division told Hong Kong News. The Labour Department added that this was based on wh...

March 30, 2020
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aaaThe Labour Department warned on March 28 that foreign domestic helpers - over 217,000 of whom are Filipinos - should not engage in public gatherings which involve more than four people starting March 29. This is part of a government prohibition for all people in Hong Kong which will disallow group gatherings with more than four people in the next 14 days. The special administrative region introduced this to prevent the human-to-human transmission of COVID-19,the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. There are 560 cases of COVID-19 infecti...

March 28, 2020
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aaaThe Department of Health (DH) told Hong Kong News on March 27 that two more Filipinos from the bar and band cluster have contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The bar and band cluster refers to the band members, staff and customers of the following bars and clubs who have tested positive for COVID-19: Insomnia, Dusk Till Dawn, Kagesha, Centre Stage and All Night Long. As of March 27, 19 more people have been added to the said cluster, 10 of whom are performers, nine are patrons.  On March 26, 16 were included in this clust...

March 27, 2020
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aaaThe Labour Department said on March 27 that as part of strengthening health protection measures against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), foreign domestic helpers (FDH) can opt to substitute their rest days and discuss this with their respective employers so as to minimize gatherings in public places on Sundays, their designated day-off. "FDHs may consider discussing rest day arrangements with their employers, including substituting another rest day, so as to avoid the health risk of gathering in crowded places," the Labour Departmen...

March 27, 2020
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aaaThe Centre for Health Protection said on March 26 that a domestic worker who arrived in Hong Kong on March 16 from Manila tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. She is the fourth domestic worker who took a Manila-Hong Kong flight who was later confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.  The first transited through Taipei, the second one is case no. 327, while the third one is case no. 383. The fourth domestic worker from Manila, case no.412, is currently confined at the United Christian Hospital. She pre...

March 27, 2020