Two asymptomatic Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Macao and both are mainland Chinese visitors from Beijing, who arrived at the Macau International Airport at around 5 pm yesterday, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has announced.
The first case is a 47-year-old female visitor who travelled from the airport to her hotel – Crowne Plaza Macau on Rua da Perola Oriental – in a private car arranged by a travel agency. The woman did not leave the room after checking in.
At about 9 pm yesterday, due to her positive self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) result, she was taken to Conde S. Januário Hospital, where her nucleic acid test (NAT) result also returned positive. At the same time, her mixed NAT sample taken at the airport was also positive.
She has now been taken under medical isolation and treatment, while her companions are currently under medical observation, according to the Centre.
The second case involves a 40-year-old male traveller who took a taxi with his companions to their hotel, Mandarin Oriental in NAPE. He also did not leave his room after checking in.
His mixed NAT sample taken when he landed at the local airport returned positive early in the morning today and he was taken to the Conde S. Januário Hospital at around 1 am. The man is now under medical isolation and treatment.
Meanwhile, Macao has recorded two new cases related to this week’s cabbie cluster that began on Monday, marking a total of 23 cases. Both were detected under control of medical observation on 28 and 29 November, respectively.
The first case related to the original case – a 74-year-old local taxi driver – is a 58-year-old male Macao resident, a retiree, who went to Tong Kei restaurant for breakfast at about 7 am daily from 25-28 November. He was put under medical observation on Monday evening as he shared a common track with the cabbie.
The man tested positive for Covid-19 early morning today and is now under medical isolation and treatment. He is asymptomatic.
The second case, a 57-year-old female Macao resident working as a clerk, dined in another restaurant also visited by the cabbie, Sang Kei Seafood Restaurant, at about 7 pm on 27 November.
She was put under medical observation on 29 November afternoon. All her three NAT results taken daily on 29 November-1 December returned negative. The woman tested positive this afternoon and she has since developed a headache and coughing.
According to the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre, Macao’s four new cases have low risks of community transmission as they were detected under control.