UPDATED – 607,000 tested for COVID-19, 449,000 analysed samples negative

Some 607 thousand people have been tested for COVID-19 as of 3pm on Monday, including 562,896 who joined the citywide mass testing programme launched on Saturday at 3pm and 44,536 others who underwent nucleic acid tests on their own since since 3pm on September 24 (Friday).

So far 449,448 specimens have already been analysed and all tested negative, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced.

Meanwhile the first round of nucleic acid tests applied to residents in the Red and Yellow Zones, where the 65th and 66th COVID-19 cases lived, returned negative. NAT test were also applied to some 680 people considered to be of close contact or having shared the itinerary of the two cases have also returned negative.

All citizens are asked to undergo the nucleic acid test (NAT) in the designated 52 testing stations set up across the SAR which will be operating round-the-clock until September 28, 3pm. These include 31 general NAT stations, seven caring stations and 14 self-paid units.

Those who hold certificate of a negative NAT carried out in the 24 hours prior to the beginning of the mass testing campaign (September 25, 3pm) are exempted from taking a new test.

Earlier this Monday, the Civil Protection Operations Centre announced that “with immediate effect, should there be no large crowd of scheduled people queuing outside a NAT station, walk-in sampling will be accepted in all 31 general NAT stations”, adding that prior booking is not necessary in all special care NAT stations. The Macau Health Code of people who fail to perform NAT by 3:00 pm of 28 September will turn yellow.

The mass nucleic acid testing campaign runs until 3pm on Tuesday (September 28).

The Civil Protection Operations Centre urges those who haven’t done nucleic acid test should enter the system: https://eservice.ssm.gov.mo/allpeoplernatestbook/ to make a booking as soon as possible, to avoid clustering together on the 3rd day, leading to long waiting time.

The estimated waiting time at each NAT station can checked at https://eservice.ssm.gov.mo/aptmon/aptmon/en 

The mass testing drive comes after two new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday night and on Saturday morning respectively. Cases number 65 and 66 are of of security guards working at Golden Crown China Hotel. These cases are related to a previous one confirmed on Friday, of a 31-year-old male resident of Turkish nationality who tested positive for COVID-19 in a nucleic acid test carried out Thursday night and had arrived in Macau, via Singapore, from Turkey, on September 18th. All three cases are of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

The Macau SAR is under state of immediate prevention since 12am, Saturday (September 25).