Covid-19 Delta variant threatens Macao
Health authorities repeat plea to get vaccinated while there is still time, stressing the virulence of the new virus strain.
Health authorities have not ruled out that the Covid-19 Delta variant, which was first detected in India, has entered or could enter Macao due to the large number of people travelling between the city and Guangzhou.
Tai Wa Hou, a clinical director at the Conde de São Januário Hospital Centre, stressed that the Delta variant has a “very short incubation period, very fast transmission speed, and very high viral load”.
Residents are being urged to comply with recently-tightened Covid-19 prevention measures and get inoculated against the novel coronavirus as soon as possible.
Tai said that the novel coronavirus has spread among people who may have simply shared a meal in a restaurant in Guangzhou, adding that the Covid-19 transmissions in the provincial capital – which have so far lasted over three weeks – began with a senior citizen last month, triggering a third-generation spread within a week.
Tai said that the Covid-19 epidemic in Guangzhou had caused its government to carry out a mass nucleic acid test (NAT) drive for all 18 million residents. Guangzhou has had no choice but to suspend its Covid-19 vaccinations as it needs to allocate its human resources to carry out NATs, Tai said.
Tai also noted that Macao’s 51st Covid-19 patient – who has been classified as an imported case – was diagnosed with carrying the Delta variant – scientifically known as B.1.617.