The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announced Macau’s 31st COVID-19 case in a statement in the early hours of today, which identified the patient as a 27-year-old local man.
According to the statement, the man flew from New York to Hong Kong on a Cathay Pacific, flight CX845 (seat 43C) on Wednesday. He boarded a Macau-bound special bus arranged by the Macau government via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB).
At the Macau checkpoint of the bridge Health Bureau officials detected that he had a fever, after which he was taken to the public hospital’s special emergency ward for a COVID-19 test, where he tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the early hours of today, according to the statement, which described his condition as “normal”. He has been transferred to the public hospital’s isolation ward for treatment.
Health Bureau (SSM) officials have pointed out that Macau’s “second wave” of COVID-19 infections started on March 15. Since then 21 of Macau’s total of 31 cases have been confirmed. The city’s first case was confirmed on January 22. All of the previous 10 COVID-19 (the “first wave” patients) – seven tourists form Wuhan and three locals – have meanwhile been discharged from hospital.
Health Bureau officials reaffirmed on Wednesday that Macau has 232 isolation beds and 72 ventilators for COVID-19 patients.