Newly-arrived DHs from Philippines, Indonesia among 38 new Covid-19 cases

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Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection. (SCREENSHOT: Information Services Department/isd.gov.hk)

Two domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia who recently arrived at Hong Kong tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said Friday.

The Centre for Health Protection reported 38 new Covid-19 cases confirmed as of Friday midnight, pushing Hong Kong’s coronavirus case total to 9,453. More than 40 individuals tested preliminary positive.

The domestic workers are among the three imported Covid-19 cases—the other Covid-19 infection from overseas is a 24-year-old woman who arrived from Switzerland.

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The 29-year-old domestic worker from Indonesia entered the city on Dec. 25, 2020 via Cathay Pacific flight CX796. She tested positive on the third sample obtained on the 19th day under quarantine, said CHP’s communicable disease branch head Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan.

The domestic worker from the Philippines, aged 46, entered Hong Kong on Jan. 2 via Cebu Pacific flight 5J272.

Of the 35 local Covid-19 cases, 14 had no traceable source of infection.

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Four of the linked cases confirmed today were close contacts of patients from the Central Kowloon Route workers cluster.

Two buildings were issued a compulsory testing order after Covid-19 cases were found in two separate flats: Hiu Fung House, Fung Wah Estate in Chai Wan, and 15-27A in Pitt Street, Yau Ma Tei.

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