Up to 55pc of Macau’s population sampled on day two of mass testing

Local | 5 Aug 2021 6:31 pm

Macau’s health authority said as of 4pm today, up to 55 percent of Macau’s population - that is 376,000 people have been sampled in the SAR’s mass testing, with 115,000 of them having received their negative Covid test results.

Macau's Health Bureau Director, Alvis Lo Iek Long, said authorities expect the mass testing to finish within three days.

“With one and a half days left, we have already sampled up to 55 percent of Macau’s total population, the numbers are looking great so far,” said Lo, adding that there is no need for Macau citizens to rush for the test.

Thousands of Macau residents continued to queue up at Macau’s 41 testing stations on Thursday to get checked for Covid.

At around 10am, queues ranging from dozens to around 2,500 people formed outside the testing stations.

An elderly woman who got tested at Macau Forum in the morning said she was happy the whole process just took her only half an hour.

"It's better than yesterday... I went to Pui Ching [School] yesterday but didn't dare to line up. I would have needed to wait for at least four hours," she said.

Meanwhile, a visitor surnamed Cheung said she got tested on Wednesday but hadn't received her result. She said she was worried she wouldn't be able to go back to Guangzhou on Thursday as planned if it took longer than 12 hours for the result to come back.

"We checked out this morning but couldn't go across the border, because there aren't any [test result] records," she said.

Macau authorities ordered the tests after a family of four were confirmed to have the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

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