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Returnees from Sweden and United Kingdom test positive

Trio of new imported, asymptomatic cases had all been jabbed and are all currently in isolation.

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Trio of new imported, asymptomatic cases had all been jabbed and are all currently in isolation.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

Three local residents – a couple travelling from the United Kingdom and a woman from Sweden – who returned to Macao on Saturday have tested positive for Covid-19, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced yesterday.

The three cases have also been classified as imported and asymptomatic, because of which they have also not been added to Macao’s Covid-19 tally.

The three patients comprise a 51-year-old woman, a 55-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man.

According to the centre the 51-year-old woman received her first and second BioNTech mRNA jab in Macao in March and April last year, before receiving a BioNTech booster jab in December.

The woman tested negative for Covid-19 in a nucleic acid test (NAT) in Sweden on Thursday. She flew from Stockholm to Copenhagen in Denmark the next day and caught a flight to Singapore, before returning to Macao on a connecting flight on Saturday.

The woman “weakly” tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon arrival at the airport, and was transferred to the Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane for isolation treatment.

The 55-year-old woman received her first and second Sinopharm inactivated jab in Macao in February and March last year, before receiving a BioNTech mRNA booster jab in November – “mixing and matching” her booster jab.

The woman tested negative for Covid-19 in a NAT in the UK on Wednesday. She flew to Singapore on Friday and caught a connecting flight to Macao the next day.

The woman also tested positive on arrival at the airport on Saturday, and so was also sent to isolation.

The 58-year-old man returned to Macao from the UK with the 55-year-old woman.

He also received his first and second Sinopharm jab in Macao in February and March last year, before receiving a BioNTech booster jab in November.

The 55-year-old woman tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday, the man – who tested negative for Covid-19 upon arrival – was then classified as her Covid-19 close contact, and was also sent to isolation.

According to the centre, the man tested positive yesterday, so is continuing his stay at the isolation centre, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

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