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Three of Macao’s top officials have caught Covid-19

The news comes as the city braces for a new coronavirus surge, with as many as 6,000 people a day expected to become infected later this month according to researchers.

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The news comes as the city braces for a new coronavirus surge, with as many as 6,000 people a day expected to become infected later this month according to researchers.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:33 pm

Three of Macao’s principal officials have come down with Covid-19. André Cheong, Wong Sio Chak, and Elsie Ao Ieong U – respectively the secretaries for administration and justice, security, and social affairs and culture – are presenting mild symptoms.

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre says two of them tested positive for Covid-19 during a trip outside Macao and all three have been infected for the first time. 

According to the Macau Post Daily, Wong is currently on a trip outside Macao and Ao Ieong recently returned from a business trip to Hainan.

[See More: Seven more Covid-19 patients hospitalised as Macao braces for a surge in infections]

The news comes as three more residents were admitted to hospital with Covid, bringing to 30 the number requiring hospitalisation so far this month. This compares to just five patients hospitalised during the month of April.

Local health authorities have warned the population to be on guard against a new Covid surge. Researchers at the Macau University of Science and Technology say that as many as 6,000 people a day could get infected later this month. 

In response, the government has issued new guidelines for Covid-19 vaccines and is encouraging people to continue wearing masks in many social situations.

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:33 pm

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