Residents in several areas of downtown Macao will have to take extra nucleic acid tests (NAT) today, tomorrow and the day after, following a Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre warning that Covid-19 could be transmitted in the vicinity of affected buildings.
The tests started at 8 am this morning, and will run until 10 pm on Sunday.
Those who have to do these daily NATs are not required to do another test as part of the Citywide NAT programme.
The affected areas are:
In the vicinity of Rua do Seminário – Rua da Praia do Manduco: People who live, work or have activities in the area surrounded by Rua do Almirante Sérgio, Praça de Ponte e Horta, Rua de Ponte e Horta, Rua da Alfândega, Rua dos Cules, Calçada do Tronco Velho, Largo de Santo Agostinho, Calçada do Teatro, Rua Central, Rua de S. Lourenço, Rua do Padre António, Travessa do Abreu, Travessa do Mata-Tigre, Calçada do Remédios, Rua da Praia do Manduco, and Travessa dos Vendilhões;
In the vicinity of Luís de Camões Park – San Kio District: People who live, work or have activities in the area surrounded by the periphery of Luís de Camões Park, Rua da Pedra, Rua da Barca, Estrada do Repouso, Rua de Coelho do Amaral, Rua da Entena, and Rua de Tomás Vieira;
People who have stayed at the above place(s) for more than half an hour on or after 18 July.
Children born after 1 July 2019 and the elderly and infirm must also take part in the mass-testing. Everyone must take a rapid antigen test before attending their NAT.
A text message has been sent to people living in the key areas reminding them to book for the NATs. The Macao Health Code will turn yellow on a subsequent day for those who do not get tested as required.