First Filipino coronavirus patient in Hong Kong released from hospital


Posted at Mar 06 2020 04:38 PM

First Filipino coronavirus patient in Hong Kong released from hospital 1
People wear protective masks as they walk outside a shopping mall at Causeway Bay, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China, Feb. 21, 2020. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

MANILA - The first Filipino patient infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hong Kong has been discharged from the hospital. 

"She is healthy and has since returned to her employer’s home," Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong Raly Tejada said.

The Filipino domestic helper contracted the disease from her now-deceased employer, a 39-year-old man who traveled to Wuhan and returned to Hong Kong in January. 

The other 2 Filipino migrant workers, who are still in quarantine after contracting the disease, are also expected to be released soon.

"We expect them to be released soon as they remain healthy and asymptomatic," Tejada added.

The Philippine health department said more than 80 Filipinos abroad have tested positive for COVID-19. Most of them were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The novel coronavirus, believed to have originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 95,000 people and killed nearly 3,300 worldwide, mostly in China.

Hong Kong, where some 240,000 Filipinos work, has recorded 104 positive cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths, data from the World Health Organization showed. -- report from Jan Yumul, ABS-CBN News