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71 batches of pooled Covid-19 samples test positive from 4th round of citywide testing

Starting 9 am today, Macao embarks on its 5th round of mass NATs; anyone refusing to partake will be ‘taken by police’ for testing.

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Starting 9 am today, Macao embarks on its 5th round of mass NATs; anyone refusing to partake will be ‘taken by police’ for testing.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

After the city’s 4th round of mass testing – which lasted 33 hours – a total of 637,349 people have undergone nucleic acid tests (NAT) yielding 575,424 negative Covid-19 results.

Seventy-one batches of pooled samples from the mass NAT (10 samples per pooled sample) have tested positive for Covid-19.

Leong Iek Hou, who heads up the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre today said “if we [Health Bureau] find one pooled sample positive, let’s say 10+1, we’ll contact the 10 people directly and ask them to do a RAT at home right away. If they test positive, we’ll ask their family members who live together to do a RAT as well. If all are positive, we will get our mobile sampling teams to send them all to Macau Dome hall A for treatment.”

Macao’s 5th round of citywide testing which starts at 9 am today will also last 33 hours.

According to the government, anyone who does not participate in the city’s mass testing within the specified time period will be assigned a yellow health code. They will then be taken by the police to a designated venue to undergo sampling, and will not be allowed to leave the venue until their test returns as negative. People who refuse to take the test will be subject to medical observation at designated venue for 14 days.

Three key groups – security service, cleaning service and property management staff also need to do NATs every day at least 12 hours apart between 6 and 9 July. Staff can book via the mass testing website and only need to do one NAT per day.

 

First published at 11:15 pm on 5 July

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

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