The Macau government confirmed today the city’s 43rd novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case.
According to a statement by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre, the patient is a 53-year-old female Macau resident working as a clerk.
The patient and her husband went to Portugal on holiday and visited family on February 4. During that time period, they had contact with friends and relatives who were later diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on March 26.
The patient and her husband took flight KL1694 (seat 1D) from Lisbon to the Netherlands on March 30, then transferred onto flight KL887 (seat 5C) to return to Hong Kong on the 31st.
On that same day, they took the chartered bus arranged by the Macau Tourism Crisis Management Office and returned to Macau via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
On entering Macau, she was asymptomatic and her body temperature was normal. At that time, she was arranged for medical observation at Pousada Marina Infante Hotel in accordance with the quarantine measures of the Health Bureau (SSM).
Late evening on April 3, her nasopharyngeal swab test sample came back positive and she was diagnosed with novel coronavirus.
At present, the patient is in normal condition and has been admitted to the isolation ward of the Conde de S. Januário Hospital Centre.
Her husband is listed as a close contact and has been transferred to a quarantine facility designated by the Health Bureau for medical observation.
Macau’s 43 confirmed COVID-19 cases includes 10 patients – seven tourists from Wuhan and three locals – who have been discharged from hospital. The other 33 cases, all of them imported, have been confirmed since March 15.
Macau’s first novel coronavirus case was registered on January 22.