FDW, employer and 2 wards test positive for Covid-19
A foreign domestic worker suffering from a prolonged sore throat tested positive for the coronavirus along with her employer and her wards, health authorities reported Sunday.
They are among the 20 confirmed Covid-19 cases the Center for Health Protection reported.
The 35-year-old domestic worker who works in Tower One, The Apex in Kwai Chung had a sore throat since Feb. 3.
On Feb. 9, her 1-year-old ward started showing Covid-19 symptoms. The worker’s employer also showed symptoms three days after that, as well as her employer’s 2-year-old daughter after two more days on Feb. 14.
The worker got tested for Covid-19 with her employer’s help on Feb. 16 but she initially tested negative. A follow-up test confirmed her infection and the infection of her employer and toddler wards.
CHP’s Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan said the helper has a CT value of 37 because of the long gap between her symptoms and getting tested. The CT value is an indicator of how infectious a person is.
These four cases in Kwai Chung belong to the 13 local infections linked to previous cases. Another six locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases had no traceable origin.
Among those unlinked cases is a public light bus driver who last plied a Kwun Tong-Tsuen Wan route during his infectious period. Chuang said those who rode his bus will not be considered as close contacts.
Four more local cases were connected to Caritas Lok Yi School in Sai Wan Ho catering to children with special needs. One of them is a student, two others are family members of another student, and the fourth is a staff member who also worked in a vocational school in Tai Po.
Chuang said 40 staff and 21 students of the school in Sai Wan Ho will have to be quarantined.
More than 10 preliminary positive cases were recorded. Among them is an IT staff member of a property agency in Sham Shui Po where an earlier Covid-19 case was confirmed.
About 100 workers in the company were sent to quarantine, Chuang said.
The sole imported Covid-19 case is a 68-year-old woman who entered Hong Kong from India on Feb. 20.
Sunday’s infection tally brought Hong Kong’s coronavirus caseload to 10,869.