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Two more mainland Chinese diagnosed with Covid-19

Both – one tourist, one worker – had travelled extensively around the city; cross-border cooperation assists with rapid detection and containment.

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Both – one tourist, one worker – had travelled extensively around the city; cross-border cooperation assists with rapid detection and containment.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:34 am

Two mainland Chinese men are currently being treated in isolation after being diagnosed with Covid-19 in Macao; both had travelled widely around the city.

The first case, which was detected on Friday, is a tourist from Lanzhou who entered Macao from Zhuhai on Thursday, while the second case, which was detected on Saturday, is a public bus passenger who caught the same bus as a non-resident worker (NRW) whose Covid-19 infection was detected in Zhuhai on Monday last week.

The first case, a 33-year-old male tourist from Lanzhou, was detected by Zhuhai’s health authorities on Friday morning when a batch of mixed nucleic acid test (NAT) samples collected from Zhuhai’s airport tested positive for Covid-19, and that two of the testees were in Macao.

The Health Bureau (SSM) contacted the two people to undergo a follow-up individual-sample NAT, after which the bureau confirmed that it was the 33-year-old tourist who tested positive for Covid-19.

The 33-year-old man flew from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, to Zhuhai with a friend on Thursday. They had their swabs collected for a NAT upon arrival at Zhuhai’s airport, after which they entered Macao from Zhuhai via the Hengqin checkpoint that night. They caught a taxi and checked into StarWorld Hotel in NAPE, after which they also visited the casino there.

The 33-year-old man and his friend caught a taxi in the early hours of Friday to an eatery located on the ground floor of a pier building in the Inner Harbour area for a meal.

The 33-year-old man was transferred to the Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane for isolation treatment after he had been diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday morning, while his friend has meanwhile been transferred to quarantine for medical observation.

The SSM has classified the 33-year-old man’s case as imported.

The second case, a 48-year-old male mainland Chinese, was announced by the Health Bureau on Saturday morning. He was transferred to quarantine for medical observation on Tuesday night last week after he had been identified as a passenger of a public bus in Macao that had been caught by a 52-year-old NRW whose Covid-19 infection was detected in Zhuhai on Monday last week.

The 52-year-old man’s case was announced on Tuesday last week. He works as a cleaner in Macao but lives in Zhuhai. He tested positive for Covid-19 in Zhuhai on Monday last week, after which Zhuhai’s health authorities informed their Macao counterparts of the case the next day.

The 52-year-old cleaner caught a public bus from Cotai to near the Barrier Gate checkpoint on Monday evening last week before returning to Zhuhai via the checkpoint. The 48-year-old man was transferred to quarantine on Tuesday night last week after he had been identified as having caught the same public bus as the 52-year-old.

The 48-year-old man tested negative for Covid-19 in NATs on Wednesday and Thursday, before testing positive on Friday. The man has come down with Covid-19 symptoms such as fever and dizziness. He is now undergoing isolation treatment at the Public Health Clinical Centre, The Macau Post Daily reported. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:34 am

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