Coronavirus: OFWs including in Hong Kong affected by COVID-19 pandemic to receive ₱10,000 (US$200) DOLE aid

Department of Labor and Employment said that a one-time financial assistance of 10 thousand pesos (P10,000) equivalent to US$200will be given to landbased and seabased overseas Filipino workers whose employments were greatly affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

According to Secretary Silvestre Bello III, “The Department of Labor and Employment has already prepared the guidelines of the DOLE-AKAP assistance program for OFWs to ensure its effective and streamlined implementation.”

DOLE-AKAP (Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong) will cover  regular/documented OFWs as defined in the 2016 Revised Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Rules and Regulations.

“Regular or documented OFWs are those who possess a valid passport and appropriate visa or permit to stay and work in the receiving country; and whose contract of employment has been processed by the POEA or the POLO,” Bello said.

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Coronavirus: Why Hong Kong has few deaths compared to other countries?

Hong Kong remains safe compared to other major cities of the world. Considering it’s close proximity  to the mainland China,  the city recorded 845 confirmed cases and only 4 deaths. Only until recent return of students from abroad brought the figures up.

A major cultural factor behind this is Hong Kong’s experience of the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, in which 299 people died.

According to Yahoo News UK, it meant members of the public and healthcare services remained on high alert for another infectious disease – and responded quickly when the COVID-19 outbreak began in China.

On the mainland, there have now been more than 82,000 confirmed cases and over 3,300 deaths.

Italy, meanwhile, has the highest death toll in the world, with more than 101,000 confirmed cases and over 11,000 deaths. Continue reading “Coronavirus: Why Hong Kong has few deaths compared to other countries?”

Former PCG Hong Kong Consul General dies of COVID-19 complications

With deep sadness, the Department of Foreign Affairs announces the untimely demise on 02 April 2020, of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, from complications arising from Covid 19.

A career diplomat for 27 years, service to the country has been the hallmark of Ambassador Catalla’s distinguished foreign service career. She served in key posts like Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and was Passport Director where she delivered frontline service to millions of Filipinos. Prior to her assignment in Lebanon, she was Consul General in Hong Kong, looking over the welfare of hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipinos.

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Macau coronavirus: Close contacts of infected Filipino visitor from Hong Kong yield negative results

Eight people in Macau who have been in contact with a Filipino Hong Kong resident, who is confirmed to have corona virus have undergone several tests.  Although, all the tests are negative, they will remain in quarantine for 14 days at in isolated places as part of quarantine protocol by Portuguese colony.

According to TDM Macau News, authorities are still investigating and appeal to all people that might have contact with this woman to contact authorities on 2870 0800.

All locations where the patient has been – Roadhouse, Jollibee and two buildings – have been disinfected. The woman, being treated in HK, still does not show symptoms of the disease, she did not show before entering Macau and she was only diagnosed on the 29th of March.
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Filipino Woman in Hong Kong Infected with Covid-19 visited Macau


A 40-year-old Hong Kong resident of Filipino nationality, who was preliminarily diagnosed with Covid-19 infection in the neighbouring region, traveled to Macau during the disease onset.

The woman was in Macau from the 22th to the 27th of March visiting a friend, a non-resident Filipino worker.

According to Macau TDM News, the non-resident worker is now in isolation on the Coloane public health center due to being a close contact to her.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Advisory – Hong Kong Department of Health

Members of the public are strongly urged to avoid non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.

For information about countries/areas with reported cases of COVID-19, please click here.

COVID-19 refers to the cluster of viral pneumonia cases occurring in Wuhan, Hubei Province, since December 2019. According to investigation by the Mainland health authorities, a novel coronavirus is found to be the causative agent.

 

Members of the public are strongly urged to avoid non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.

For information about countries/areas with reported cases of COVID-19, please click here.

All people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland will be required to undergo compulsory quarantine upon their arrival.

Health quarantine arrangements on inbound travellers from overseas:

1. Hong Kong residents arriving in Hong Kong who have been to the following countries or areas in the past 14 days will have to stay in a quarantine centre for quarantine

a) Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea

b) Iran

c) Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy

2. Hong Kong residents arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any other overseas countries or areas in the past 14 days will be subject to compulsory quarantine

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirmed 1st case of Pinoy infection

Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where a Filipina domestic worker is being treated for coronavirus. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

A 32 year old Filipino domestic worker was diagnosed positive of Covid-19. She is now in isoloation at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.

According to Chuang Shuk-kwan, communicable disease chief at the Center for Health Protection, she has been sick with cough and fever since early this month. Initially, she was tested negative but returned a positive result after three days on Tuesday.

She became Hong Kong’s 61st confirmed case of Covid-19. On Feb. 13, her 67-year-old female employer was diagnosed as 52nd confirmed coronavirus patient.

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