Kennedy Road on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

A 55-year-old Filipina domestic worker died after being found unconscious at the employer’s home on Hong Kong Island on Saturday.

At 1 am, police received a call from a 33-year-old local man who said his domestic worker passed out suddenly and fell unconscious in the apartment on 32 Kennedy Road, the Sing Tao Daily reported. Police and paramedics arrived and rushed the woman to Ruttonjee Hospital. However, she was pronounced dead at the hospital, news website HK01.com reported.

Police found nothing suspicious after an initial investigation, pending an autopsy to confirm the cause of death. With an alarming rising number of domestic workers in Hong Kong getting seriously sick, Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre from the Philippines Overseas Labor Office issued an advisory to agencies imposing a mandatory check-up as an additional requirement for contract processing in all categories of domestic workers in early January.

However, he abandoned the plan after strong opposition from community leaders, who said they were worried that if workers who did not get a “fit to work” certificate, they would be terminated.

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