For the second time in a row, only five new Covid-19 cases were registered in the past 24 hours – four detected under management and control in Red Code Zones and medical observation hotels and only one found in the city’s mass nucleic acid testing (NAT) programme – bringing Macao’s total cases to 1,805 as of midnight last night.
In addition, a total of 22,728 people are under follow up, which include 3,531 close contacts, 12,247 individuals with overlapping itineraries, 1,348 secondary contacts, 252 general contacts and 786 accompanying persons, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced.
Macao is currently undergoing its 13th Citywide NAT, which began yesterday morning and will run until 7 pm tonight. Everyone must take a rapid antigen test (RAT) before going to the NAT centres and upload the result on the Macao Health Code. People with negative RAT results will be allowed to enter the NAT centres while those with positive results must immediately call for an ambulance by contacting 119, 120 or 2857 2222.
So far only one batch of pooled samples from the current citywide testing has been found positive, as of 8 am today. More tests will be carried out among those individuals in the same batch.
The city has entered its week-long consolidation period today with more businesses – mostly those with direct entrance and exit to the street but also casinos – allowed to resume operations. Everyone in Macao must do a RAT everyday during the consolidation period, with another citywide NAT scheduled on 30 and 31 July.