Filipino domestic worker out of quarantine with 'clean bill of health' — PH consulate

Jan Yumul, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2020 06:47 PM

Filipino domestic worker out of quarantine with 'clean bill of health' — PH consulate 1
A health tip poster against the coronavirus is posted inside the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong. Jan Yumul, ABS-CBN News

HONG KONG – The first Filipino domestic worker quarantined on Jan. 23 for possible coronavirus infection has been released and given a “clean bill of health," the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong said Friday.

"She is now resting in her employer's home, which has been thoroughly sanitized by the Health Department. She has the Consulate's number and has been asked to call us if she needs any assistance," said Consul General Raly Tejada in a text message to ABS-CBN News.

"So far, she has not called and we will respect her privacy if that's what she wishes," he added.

The Consul General also says that the second Filipino domestic worker remains in quarantine, but is healthy and asymptomatic. They hope she would also be released after 14 days. 

A 64-year-old female senior citizen member of the family she has been working for remains in the hospital after testing positive with the novel coronavirus, according to a February 5 update of the Center for Health Protection.

As of noon on February 6, public hospitals had reported to the Department of Health the admission of 57 patients (26 males and 31 females aged between 18 months and 90) who met the reporting criteria of severe respiratory disease associated with a novel infectious agent. Specimens of the patients concerned have been sent for testing and 88 patients are still under isolation.

Meanwhile, the consulate said it has yet to receive the 100,000 face masks from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. 

When asked whether the travel ban was delaying the process, Tejada said the masks are still in the procurement stage. 

"What we have now are donations which we try to give out to individual Filipinos in need. We give to those that don't have," said Tejada.

"We give out when we are open: 1 mask per Pinoy. Kulang kasi supply," he told ABS-CBN News.