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A Filipino died by suicide on Feb.23 in Sheung Wan due to problems concerning "personal love affairs," the police told Hong Kong News on Feb.24. The 40-year-old man, Elmo A., hanged himself using a wire in a building at  214, Des Voeux Road Central. His wife, a 45-year-old Filipina, reported the incident to the police at 7:48 pm on Sunday. ...

February 24, 2020
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The Centre for Health Protection issued a reminder to both employers and foreign domestic workers to “reduce social contact” as much as possible to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected at least 67 people in Hong Kong and killed two. The CHP on Feb. 19 said that employers and foreign domestic workers must both ...

February 21, 2020
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The Philippine Consulate General said on Feb. 19 that the Filipina domestic helper who tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Feb.18 is in "good spirits," adding that if further tests showed her negative of symptoms, she can be discharged soon. "The Consulate General had a brief telephone conversation with our kababayan," Consul Gen...

February 19, 2020
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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and permanent resident visa holders can now fly to Hong Kong and Macau, more than two weeks after the Philippine government imposed a travel ban barring Filipinos from going to mainland China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Presidential ...

February 18, 2020
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Over 100 Filipino organizations in Hong Kong urged the Philippine government to allow thousands of Filipinos affected by a travel ban – which was ostensibly implemented since Feb.2 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippines – to go back to the special administrative region. The organizations in Hong Kong mad...

February 17, 2020
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A Filipina domestic helper was found dead on Feb.2 in her employer’s residence in Yuen Long, with law enforcers saying initial information showing it to be a possible case of suicide. “We received a call at 9:20 am on Feb.2 from a 58-year old woman, her employer. She found her domestic helper insider her room. She was found dead due to suspe...

February 11, 2020
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Recruitment agencies asked the labor department in the Philippines to allow thousands of Filipina domestic helpers affected by the travel ban to fly to Hong Kong, saying that they will make sure safety precautions will be taken by the employers, including providing domestic helpers face masks. Alfred Palmiery, president of the Society of Hong Ko...

February 7, 2020
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The Health Department confirmed on Feb.5,2020 that a second Filipina domestic helper has been quarantined after her employer tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov). According to the Philippine Consulate General, however, she remains healthy and does not have symptoms of the illness, which has infected at least 17 people in Hong Ko...

February 5, 2020
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Hong Kong's Labour and Welfare Sec. Law Chi-Kwong asked the Philippine government on Feb.4, 2020 to reconsider its decision to prohibit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from returning to Hong Kong, a measure that was ostensibly set in place to prevent Filipinos from being infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Law made this appeal in a...

February 4, 2020