Another pinay in HK gets virus

February 27, 2020

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said another Filipina in Hong Kong was confirmed to have been infected by the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).

This is the second case of a Filipino testing positive for COVID-19.

In a report to the DFA, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong said that “the Hong Kong Health Department officially informed the Consulate General this morning that a 29-year-old Filipina has tested positive for COVID-19.”

The Consulate immediately called and had a brief conversation with the patient to ascertain her condition, it reported. 

“She is in good spirits and said she no longer has fever.  She added that she is well taken care of but hospital visits are not allowed given that she is in isolation.”

The Filipina requested for some personal items which “the Consulate will immediately bring to her today.  She also asked that we keep her identity secret,” the report added.

As of Thursday, first the Filipino to have contracted the disease remains in quarantine, the Consulate General said adding “she is healthy and asymptomatic and will be released tomorrow (28 February).”

She is scheduled to be sent home provided her test results remain negative, the Consulate General said.

The Consulate will continue to closely monitor the condition of all Filipino nationals and render all necessary assistance to them.

Advisory on Iran

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised all Filipinos residing in the Islamic Republic of Iran to observe and comply with the advisories from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) and directives issued by local Iranian health authorities even if there is no report of Filipinos infected by COVID-19 in Iran.

Iranian authorities have intensified efforts to quell the further spread of COVID-19.

Filipinos in Iran are reminded to follow the DOH advisory on preventive measures, such as: hand hygiene, avoiding symptomatic individuals, proper coughing etiquette, avoiding contact with farm animals, consuming enough water, cooking food thoroughly and immediately consulting a doctor when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Also, avoid unnecessary travel and public gatherings for the time being, the Philippine Embassy in Tehran said.

The Embassy stands ready to provide assistance to Filipinos in distress in Iran through its Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Hotline +98 912 2136801.

The Embassy continues to closely monitor the development of the virus outbreak in Iran and is coordinating with the Filipino communities to ensure their safety and welfare.