Pinoy in Hong Kong with coronavirus 'seems well': DOH

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Posted at Feb 28 2020 08:12 AM

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A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus seemed to be doing well, Manila's health chief said Friday.

The migrant worker is the second Filipino put in quarantine in less than a month and an employee of Hong Kong's first novel coronavirus casualty, authorities said.

"Mukhang maayos naman ang kalagayan. Sana patuloy na mag-recover," Health Secretary Francisco Duque said of the domestic worker.

(Their condition appears well. I hope their recovery would continue.)

People wear protective masks as they ride an escalator inside a shopping mall, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China Feb. 20, 2020. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

The first Filipino quarantined in Hong Kong was also "okay", he told DZMM.

Hong Kong on Wednesday had 90 cases of the virus, which killed 2 people in the city. The government has turned some public housing into quarantine facilities as it struggles to find adequate space.

There are more than 180,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong, many working as helpers, according to the Philippine labor department. In 2019, Filipino workers in Hong Kong sent home about P4.1 billion in foreign exchange remittances, central bank data showed.

The Philippines last week relaxed a travel ban on Hong Kong and Macau. With a report from Reuters

DZMM, Feb. 28, 2020