Australian tourist becomes 30th confirmed Covid-19 case

The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre revealed now that an Australian tourist has become the 30th confirmed Covid-19 case in Macau.

After an initial 10 Covid-19 cases – now all discharged – and 40 days without cases, Macau reported 20 new cases in the last 10 days, all imported.

The patient was a 52-year-old male Australian traveler who had visited San Francisco with his wife from February 27 to March 4.

He traveled to London, UK from March 4 to 15, and left the country on March 15, taking Virgin Atlantic flight number VS206 seat 66A from London Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong.

He arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport on March 16, and then entered Macau via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge on the same day staying in the city until March 20.

During the holiday, he stayed at Pousada de Coloane Boutique Hotel in Cheoc Van beach, stating he mainly remained at the hotel or the nearby beach during the period he was in the city.

He also took the 26A bus to The Venetian Resort on March 19, but was refused entry as he did not have his passport.

On March 20, he had planned to go to Hong Kong for a flight back to Australia but was refused entry and returned to Macau where he was taken for medical observation at the Grand Coloane Resort

A nasopharyngeal swab test on March 24 revealed a positive result the next day, with the patient currently under observation at the isolation ward of Conde S. Januario Hospital.

The patient’s wife is listed as close contact and will be arranged to a public health clinical center for medical observation.

Yesterday several stricter restrictions for entry in the city were announced by Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng in order to stem the increase in imported cases.

Several of the newly reported imported cases involved local students or tourists who passed through the UK.