- Some will give up entirely on the idea of hiring a domestic worker from overseas given the cost, warns leader of employers group
- City, meanwhile, awaiting results of 20 preliminary-positive cases recorded on Thursday, confirmation of which would mean the highest daily tally in months
Employers in Hong Kong are urging authorities to relax stringent rules for incoming domestic workers less than 24 hours after the unveiling of a new scheme that will open the city’s doors to helpers vaccinated in the Philippines and Indonesia – though only 20 per day.
Labour minister Law Chi-kwong on Thursday said Hong Kong would tread carefully to avoid compromising local efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even as it moved to relieve a shortage of helpers.
About 20 people tested preliminary-positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, according to a source, all imported cases. If those infections are confirmed on Friday, it will mark the highest daily caseload since April 18, when the city recorded 30 new patients.