24th June 2022 – (Macao) A new wave of COVID-19 outbreak broke out in Macao , the Macao Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced that as of 8am this morning (24th), a total of 149 confirmed cases have been reported. Through epidemiological investigations, the authorities followed up with a total of 5,308 people, including 717 close contacts, 3,283 non-core close contacts (that is, people with a common trajectory), 285 secondary close contacts, 285 general contacts, and 589 accompanying person. As for the second round of universal testing conducted yesterday (23rd), more than 300,000 persons were sampled as of 9pm last night, of which 5 samples were infected, and single-sample testing is now being conducted. The authorities said that all Macao residents must be tested before 12pm tonight (24th), otherwise the health code will turn to yellow and the police will send them to the designated location for testing.
In addition, 110 confirmed cases were found during the first round of universal testing, which was completed on Tuesday (21st). The cases involved the more prevalent BA.5.1 variant virus strain from Europe and the United States. The infected persons are currently divided into 5 groups and they are placed in the makeshift hospital at Macao East Asian Games Dome.
In addition, the Macao government announced yesterday afternoon to strengthen prevention and control measures, dine-in services in restaurants have been banned since 5pm yesterday, while cinemas, theatres, indoor playgrounds, game arcade centres, Internet cafes, billiard rooms, bowling alleys, saunas and all entertainment venues will be required to close.