CHP probes domestic helpers' cluster

August 10, 2020

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)


The Centre for Health Protection today announced that it is investigating a COVID-19 cluster related to group of Indonesian domestic helpers who stayed at a hostel together.


The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan provided details about the relevant cases at a press briefing this afternoon and noted that five Indonesian domestic helpers are included in the group.


"For (case number) 4083, she stayed with the patient (case number 3909) around July 20. So, by (then, the duration was) already more than two weeks. That's why, at the time we found her, we didn't put her under quarantine.


"But for the other three domestic helpers, they (were) still staying in the hostel by the time we found them and that's why we put them under quarantine. We offered the (COVID-19) test for (case number) 4083."


Dr Chuang explained that the centre has located almost all the domestic helpers related to this cluster and either placed them under quarantine or offered them COVID-19 tests.


"So far, there's one more (Indonesian helper) in the quarantine centre that I think (has) so far tested negative."


She added that there is one confirmed COVID-19 case involving a doctor, a visiting medical officer, who had onset of symptoms on August 5.


"During the infectious period, he visited one or two residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs). So, we are offering (COVID-19) tests for (residents and staff at) these two places to check whether there is any possible transmission."


Including this case, the centre reported that there are a total of 69 new COVID-19 cases, of which 67 are locally transmitted.


Among the local cases, 45 are linked to previous ones while 22 are those with unknown sources of infection.


For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.

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