CHP warns false declaration punishable by fine, imprisonment, as Filipina domestic worker declares wrong departure country

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Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan at the presscon on July 5, 2020

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on July 5 that a Filipina domestic worker who arrived in Hong Kong and tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on July 4 wrongly declared that she flew from Taiwan instead of the Philippines.

“The Filipino domestic helper did not say that she arrived from the Philippines,” Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of the CHP said. “She said she came from Taipei.”

Chuang said they had to verify the information that she provided because there had been no new cases from Taipei recently. “We were surprised because there had been no cases from Taipei for a long time. Upon further checking, we found out she came from the Philippines.”

Arrivals from low-risk areas like Taipei and Shanghai are sent to home quarantine, but people who flew from high-risk countries will be made to stay at provisional quarantine centers.

Chuang reminded the public that providing erroneous details in health declaration forms is a criminal offense. “Giving false information has a penalty of 6-month imprisonment and a fine of 5,000 HKD,” she said.

The Filipina domestic worker is one of the three Filipinos who tested positive for COVID-19 on July 4. Case 1254 was in the Philippines from Dec. 26, 2019 to July 4 and she stayed at Tower 2, Waterfront at Austin Road in West Kowloon.

Case 1250, a 38-year-old woman, stayed in the Philippines from Dec. 15, 2019 to June 20,2020, while Case 1249 arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines on July 3.