COVID-19 mass testing basically completed, all samples negative so far

Macau’s second round of mass testing is basically completed with some 650 thousand people joining the three-day citywide drive so far, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced.

Including the 44 thousand who took the nucleic acid test on their own  since since 3pm on September 24 (Friday), the overall number of tested citizens reached 695 thousand, basically covering the whole population of Macau. A total of 517 thousand samples have been analysed and no positive case was detected.

The mass testing programme runs until Tuesday (September 28) 3pm.

Earlier on Monday, Health Bureau director Alvis Lo gave a positive assessment of the first 48 hours of the second round of COVID-19 mass testing and considered that there had been significant improvements compared to city’s first round of the first citywide mass testing drive held in early August.

According to official data, as of 3 pm on Monday, 607,432 tests had been carried out, with 449,448 negative results being found so far.

“We managed to get a better sampling than the last round of tests. Results to be published were also faster than in the first round. This was due to the large participation of the population”, the health chief said on Monday at the daily press conference.