3 more Pinay DHs from earlier COVID-19 cluster of 5 test positive

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

Three more Filipino domestic helpers from the 13-member group brought into Hong Kong by the same employment agency tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said Sunday.

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said the three have been staying in the quarantine center when they tested positive.

On Friday, five domestic helpers from the same group tested positive upon arrival at the Hong Kong Airport—prompting health authorities to quarantine the remainder of the group of 13.

The domestic helper group entered Hong Kong on Sept. 9 via HX872. Under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, anyone who flies to Hong Kong must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to departure.

All eight infected domestic workers are isolated and receiving treatment in public hospitals.

Consul General Raly Tejada said initial reports point to FRA Golden Full and FRA Golden Win as the Hong Kong agencies who recruited the domestic workers. The agencies in the Philippines are Placewell International Services Corporation and Triple One.

Chuang earlier said the group of domestic helpers stayed together in their agency’s dormitories in Manila.

Tejada also said the Consulate has talked to both Philippine and Hong Kong agencies, adding that the agencies bought essential items for the infected domestic workers to receive today.

The three cases from the domestic worker cluster belong to the eight imported confirmed coronavirus infections recorded today. The remaining five were returning residents from India, including a three-year-old.

Sunday saw 19 new confirmed infections in total. Eleven were local transmissions, of which three had unknown sources.

The three included an Indonesian domestic helper, 41, living in Lai King Disciplined Services Quarters. Chuang said she stayed home on Sundays and was detected through the universal community testing program.

No new deaths related to the disease have been recorded, pegging the city’s death toll at 100, with 99 dying in public hospitals.