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Macao records first imported Covid-19 Omicron case

Patient – classified as imported case – is 23-year-old male local resident who arrived in Macao last Saturday having been studying in New York.

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Patient – classified as imported case – is 23-year-old male local resident who arrived in Macao last Saturday having been studying in New York.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:46 am

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has announced the city’s first Omicron case, raising its Covid-19 tally to 78. 

The centre identified the patient as a student who received two BioNTech jabs in Macao, in June and July this year, before he left to study in New York in August. His condition has been classified as an imported case. 

According to the centre, the male patient is a 23-year-old local resident who arrived in Macao on Saturday from the US via Singapore. 

He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on arrival at the airport where he was initially classified as an asymptomatic case. Having come down with symptoms of cough and expectoration today, he was diagnosed with pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus and classified as Macao’s 78th Covid-19 case. 

The Health Bureau’s Public Health Laboratory later confirmed his infection with the Omicron variant, the first case of its kind detected in Macao. 

The centre urged residents to avoid non-essential travel outside Macao, considering that the Omicron variant is highly infectious. 

All of Macao 78 confirmed Covid-19 cases have been classified as imported cases or connected to imported cases. No Covid-19 fatalities have been reported in Macao, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:46 am

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