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Covid-19 cases in Macao increase to 1,583 with 17 batches of pooled samples testing positive at 7th citywide testing

Second day of partial-lockdown see quieter streets and less people out and about; 5 RATs to be distributed at 8th round of mass testing.

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Second day of partial-lockdown see quieter streets and less people out and about; 5 RATs to be distributed at 8th round of mass testing.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

Fifty-seven new Covid-19 cases have been reported over the past day, bringing the total number of cases since the June outbreak to 1,583, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced. 

33 out of 57 new additions have been reported in Red Code Zones and medical observation hotels while 24 have been found in the community. Out of these, 6 were close contacts, 14 were found in the citywide and key groups testing, and 4 cases among other population groups.

 

As of 8 am this morning, a total of 19,585 individuals are under follow-up. These include: 3,022 close contacts, 10,922 people with overlapping itineraries, 916 secondary close contacts, 255 general contacts, and 765 accompanying persons.

The 7th round of citywide NAT which concluded at 6 pm yesterday saw 658,879 have their samples collected; of these 17 batches of pooled samples were found positive for Covid-19.

The 8th round of citywide testing began at 9 am this morning. At this round, everyone will receive 5 rapid antigen test kits. In the next round, individuals will receive 10 KN95 masks.

Those who have yet to book can make their appointments on this link

Everyone must take a rapid antigen test before heading to the city’s testing centres. Those failing to do the test by tomorrow 6 pm will be assigned a yellow health code and taken by the police to a designated venue for the test. People who refuse to do the test will be subject to mandatory 14-day medical observation at a designated location.

As of Monday, Macao entered into a partial-lockdown with all non-essential businesses, including casinos, forced to shut.

The executive order 115/2022 issued on Saturday says essential services including utility services, hospitals, pharmacies, taxis, supermarkets and wet markets are to remain open and special bus services will be put in place this week. The airport will remain open to travellers (mainly flights to and from Singapore) and cargo services will continue. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

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