3rd Filipino tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong

Sofia Tomacruz
3rd Filipino tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong
(UPDATED) The two Filipinos in the city who earlier tested positive for the virus have since recovered, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A Filipino worker in Hong Kong contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus disease called COVID-19, making her the third Filipino to be infected in the city, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday night, March 4.

DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay announced the development on Twitter, saying the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong confirmed another overseas Filipino worker tested positive for the virus.

In a statement on Thursday, March 5, DFA said the Filipino is in isolation in a hospital and is currently undergoing tests. The Filipino is also said to be asymptomatic.

Meanwhile, the DFA said the two Filipinos in the city who earlier tested positive for the virus have since recovered. They are expected to be discharged “soon.”

All 3 Filipinos reportedly contracted the coronavirus from their employers, the DFA said.

As of Wednesday night, Hong Kong recorded 102 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There were also two deaths in the city.

The Philippines earlier recorded 3 confirmed cases of coronavirus – all Chinese tourists – including the first death due outside China. The other two cases have since recovered and left the country.

Worldwide, the death toll due to the coronavirus stood at over 3,200 as of Wednesday, while over 93,000 people were infected across 81 countries. – Rapppler.com

Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.