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Foreign national and four local residents test positive

All five patients being treated in isolation. Four new cases in Zhuhai discovered in the past week, seven close contacts detected in Macao.

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All five patients being treated in isolation. Four new cases in Zhuhai discovered in the past week, seven close contacts detected in Macao.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:46 am

A foreign national who resides in Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Macao on Friday.

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre identified the patient as a 49-year-old man who has received two mRNA jabs.

Additionally, four local residents who returned to Macao from Malaysia, Ireland, Thailand and the UK via Singapore  have tested positive for Covid-19.

The centre identified one of the four patients as a 46-year-old woman who returned to Macao from Ireland on Wednesday. She has received two mRNA jabs. She tested negative for the novel coronavirus upon arrival at the airport, and was transferred to a quarantine hotel for medical observation.

She tested negative for Covid-19 in a follow-up test on Thursday, but then tested positive on Friday.

The second patient, who flew from Malaysia, is a 40-year-old man who has received three BioNTech mRNA jabs; the third, from UK, is a 45-year-old woman who has g received three Moderna mRNA jabs; the fourth, from Thailand, and the third patient is a 29-year-old man who has received two Moderna mRNA jabs.

All the three patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon arrival at the airport on Wednesday, The Macau Post Daily reported.

All five patients were transferred to the Health Bureau’s Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane for isolation treatment; their cases were classified as imported and asymptomatic.

In addition to the total of 82 confirmed Covid-19 cases, Macao has now reported a total of 60 asymptomatic Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.

In related news, Zhuhai has reported four new local Covid-19 cases since Tuesday last week. One of them lives in Nanping town, which only lies a few kilometres northwest of Macao.

The Covid-19 case of the patient living in Nanping was confirmed by the Zhuhai health authorities on Thursday. Since then, a total of seven people in Macao have been identified as close contacts of the Nanping case as of last night.

The seven Covid-19 close contacts in Macao comprise four schoolchildren, the mothers of two of the four children, and a nursing assistant from the mainland working for the private Kiang Wu Hospital, according to the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:46 am

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