‘No Filipino has tested positive for COVID-19 in HK’ – PCG

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The Philippine Consulate General said that no one among the seven Filipinos who have been quarantined in Hong Kong tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Consul General Raly Tejada said that as of Feb.16, 2020, three out of these seven who were sent to the Quarantine Center have already been released after completing the 14-day quarantine period.

“They have since returned to their respective places of employment,” he said on Feb.17.

Tejada added that the four who are still under quarantine remain healthy and asymptomatic.

They had to be quarantined after they have been in contact or have been exposed to people in Hong Kong who have been infected with the virus. At least 57 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded so far in the special administrative region.

Two of the Filipinos who were quarantined have been confirmed as domestic workers.

The Health Department confirmed on Feb.5,2020 that a second Filipina domestic helper has been quarantined after her employer tested positive for COVID-19.

The domestic helper has to be quarantined as her employer, a 72-year-old woman, tested positive for CODIV-19 despite not having been to mainland China recently. They lived in Block 1, Site 11, Whampoa Garden. The employer has been transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital and is said to be the mother of the first casualty of COVID-19 in Hong Kong.

Prior to this, a Filipina domestic helper has also been quarantined on Jan.25 after her employer’s parents tested positive for COVID-19. She has been released on Feb.7.