Macao’s novel coronavirus tally has risen by two more cases to 77, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has announced.
According to staff at the centre, both cases are connected to the 75th case.
The 76th patient is a 53-year-old male non-resident construction worker from the mainland who lives in the same flat as the 75th patient. He tested negative for Covid-19 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but positive yesterday. He had been in medical observation quarantine since Monday. He was inoculated against Covid-19 with the Sinopharm vaccine on 31 May. The patient came down with a fever yesterday.
The 77th patient is a 49-year-old female non-resident domestic helper from Vietnam who is a friend of the 75th patient. She tested negative for the virus on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but positive yesterday. She had been in medical observation quarantine since Tuesday. She was inoculated against Covid-19 with the Sinopharm vaccine on 1 and 30 July. She is asymptomatic.
Both patients have been transferred to the Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane for isolation treatment.
The 75th case, a 42-year-old woman from Vietnam, was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.
The centre stated that all residents of Block 3 of The Bayview building, where the 77th patient lives, will have to undergo a mandatory nucleic acid test (NAT) today. Residents are barred from leaving the building until they have been tested.
Macao confirmed its first Covid-19 case on 22 January 2020 and no fatalities have been reported to date. The government carried out the city’s third mandatory mass NAT drive this week. All the results were negative.