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Covid-19 tally surpasses 1,700 with 31 new confirmed cases

Only 9 positive batches of pooled samples found in 9th citywide testing; nearly 21,000 individuals currently under follow up.

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Only 9 positive batches of pooled samples found in 9th citywide testing; nearly 21,000 individuals currently under follow up.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

Thirty-one new confirmed cases registered in the past day have brought Macao’s Covid-19 tally to a total of 1,706 cases as of midnight last night. 

Among the new cases, 18 were found under management and control in Red Code Zones and medical observation hotels while the rest were detected in the community.  

The number of new Covid-19 infections reported today remained relatively steady at 31 – the same number of new cases registered yesterday.

As of 8 am today, 20,994 people are currently under follow up, including 3,226 close contacts, 11,361 individuals with overlapping itineraries, 1,227 secondary contacts, 254 general contacts and 776 accompanying persons, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced. 

In related news, the number of pooled batched samples found positive during the past several citywide nucleic acid testings (NAT) have indicated a decline in coronavirus infections detected in the community, with only 9 positive batches found in the 9th mass testing that concluded at 6 pm yesterday. 

The number of positive batches began to decrease from 94 found in the 4th round of citywide NAT to 41, 23, 17 and 13 (5th – 8th rounds), according to the centre. 

The 10th round of mass NAT began at 9 am today and will end at 6 pm tomorrow, during which each person will be given five rapid antigen test (RAT) kits. Everyone must take a self-administered RAT before going to the testing centres and upload the result online. Only those with negative results will be allowed to enter the testing centres. 

People whose RAT results are positive must contact 119, 120 or 2857 2222 at once for assistance. 

Those who fail to undergo the 10th mass NAT by 6 pm tomorrow will be assigned a yellow health code and taken by the police to a designated venue for the test. They will have to wait until their NAT results return negative. People who refuse to take the test will be subject to 14 days of mandatory medical observation. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

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