Helpers from PH, Indonesia among 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection in Kowloon City.

Two domestic workers, from the Philippines and Indonesia respectively, were confirmed positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Wednesday.

The two were among the nine new cases in Hong Kong recorded by the Centre for Health Protection—of which six are imported.

According to a Department of Health spokesperson, the 34-year-old female from Indonesia flew in on Nov. 14 from Jakarta via Cathay Pacific flight CX 796.

She submitted two samples, for a trial run of a new COVID-19 testing scheme at the airport. Her deep-throat saliva sample tested negative for the virus, so she went to the Silka Seaview Hotel in Yau Ma Tei to go under quarantine.

But the result of a mouth wash test yielded a positive result, prompting health authorities to send the helper from Indonesia to a hospital for treatment.

Another domestic worker from the Philippines who was positive for COVID-19 flew in on Nov. 15, the health department spokesperson said.

The 37-year-old woman tested negative at the airport and went under quarantine at the Dorsett Mong Kok in Tai Kok Tsui. During her stay there, she tested positive on the second sample retrieved from her.

Two of the other imported cases were from the United Kingdom, one was from the Republic of Montenegro, and the last imported case confirmed today hailed from Pakistan.

Two of the cases were linked to previously confirmed infections.

There was one local COVID-19 infection without a traceable origin. He is a 76-year-old taxi driver who had developed a cough on Nov. 10 and shortness of breath on Nov. 16. The patient sought medical attention at Prince of Wales Hospital on the same day and was admitted, but he worked until that day.

Wednesday’s confirmed infections bring Hong Kong’s total COVID-19 cases to 5,480.