Filipinos quarantined in HK for A-H1N1 released 'in good health' on Friday

May 8, 2009 4:50 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, May 7 — The four Filipinos who are in quarantine at the Metropark Hotel in Wanchai district in Hong Kong since the weekend will be released on Friday, May 8, apparently cleared of the A-H1N1 flu virus strain, it was reported today by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Philippine Consul General to Hong Kong Claro S. Cristobal reported to the DFA that the four — who will remain anonymous — are “in good health.”

The consulate originally reported that there were only three Filipinos quarantined at the hotel — a Filipino woman from Cebu and a Filipino mother and her son who come from Australia.

But today, the DFA said Hong Kong authorities have informed the consulate that a fourth Filipino was also being quarantined. The Australian husband of one of the three Filipino women was also quarantined. All entered Hong Kong as visitors.

The mandatory seven-day quarantine is officially lifted on Friday by Hong Kong’s Department of Health, the consulate said.

”All four have complied with the request of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for information about their preferred travel arrangements when the quarantine is lifted at 8:30 p.m. on Friday,” the DFA said.

Hong Kong has pledged to actively assist in the travel arrangements of all guests and cover all their hotel and travel expenses and provide extra treats such Ocean Park and MTR tickets to make-up for the inconvenience to the guests, Cristobal reported to DFA.

He added Hong Kong has requested the Consulate to review the Filipino version of a pamphlet on A-H1N1, to which the Philippine side will comply.

Hong Kong has reported no further incidents related to A-H1N1 as of press time. (PNA)



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