Filipino patient in Hong Kong tests negative of COVID-19

Jan Yumul, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2020 08:12 PM

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 February 21, 2020. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

HONG KONG - The Filipino migrant worker who contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hong Kong has tested negative of the virus and is expected to be released within the week, it was learned Tuesday.

The infection of the overseas Filipino worker marked the first reported case involving a household worker in the city.

Meanwhile, of the eight other Filipinos who were quarantined for possible infection of COVID-19, seven have so far been released.

According to the Hong Kong Health Department, two more Filipinos were released Tuesday after completing their 14-day mandatory quarantine amid the spread of the disease in the city and mainland China.

The health department said the remaining Filipino undergoing quarantine is healthy and asymptomatic, and is expected to be released on Feb. 28, Friday.

Last Monday, three Filipino workers who were also placed under quarantine after having contact with persons who tested positive for COVID-19, were released.

Last week, Manila allowed the return of Filipino migrant workers to their jobs in Hong Kong and Macau, on the condition they sign a declaration they knew the risks of going there. 

The death toll in mainland China from the new coronavirus has exceeded 2,600, with confirmed infections reaching more than 77,000, as of Tuesday.