Hong Kong third wave: dozens of domestic workers exposed to infected pair, officials say, as city confirms 95 new Covid-19 cases

Hong Kong third wave: dozens of domestic workers exposed to infected pair, officials say, as city confirms 95 new Covid-19 cases

  • One helper lived with numerous fellow migrant workers in at least three dormitory-style settings over an 11-day period
  • While Thursday marked a fourth straight day with fewer than 100 infections, health experts still fear a potential outbreak in the helper community

As many as 51 foreign domestic helpers have come into contact with a pair of maids whose infections sparked fears of a wider outbreak in their employers’ households and the migrant worker community at large, Hong Kong health authorities revealed on Thursday, as they confirmed 95 new Covid-19 infections.

The fresh cases, which bring the city’s total to 3,849, marked the fourth straight day with fewer than 100 – still significantly higher than during March’s second wave, which peaked at 65. More than 60 people also tested preliminary positive on Thursday and are awaiting further test results.

A day earlier, health officials mounted a track-and-trace operation after it emerged that an Indonesian maid infected with Covid-19 had shared often crowded accommodation with numerous other workers, some of whom had since moved into their employers’ homes.

On Thursday, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said authorities had identified another 13 domestic workers who had stayed with the Indonesian national in a North Point dormitory managed by Sunlight Employment Agency on July 20 and 21.