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Families scared to let helpers go out: association

2020-02-19 HKT 11:37
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Betty Yung talks to RTHK's Janice Wong
News that a foreign domestic worker in Hong Kong has tested positive for the new coronavirus has left many families in fear of catching the illness from their helpers, an employers' group says.

On Tuesday, a 32-year-old Filipino worker became the SAR's 61st confirmed Covid-19 case.

Health officials believe the woman caught the illness at her employer's home, with the family also coming down with the virus after a hotpot dinner in North Point.

But the chairwoman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association, Betty Yung, says the case has left families scared to "allow" their employees to go out.

"Before, many employers were willing to let their domestic helpers go out on [their] holidays, but now they are really frightened in case some domestic helpers get infected and they bring the disease back to their home," Yung said.

"Actually, employers would like the domestic helpers to stay more at home, rather than going out on holidays," she told RTHK's Janice Wong.

Yung added that employers should try to negotiate with their helpers, by explaining the current situation regarding the outbreak, and by making it clear that the reason they don't want them to go out on their days off is "just because they love them".