Filipino in Macau tests positive for COVID-19

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 11:39 PM

A returning Filipino hotel restaurant worker is the 15th COVID-19 case in Macau, the special administrative region’s Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre reported Wednesday.

The Filipino was not identified but was described as a 31-year-old resident of the Philippines who works in a restaurant located in a Macau casino property, according to Macau’s government website.

He last reported for work on January 26 before going home to visit his family in the Philippines from January 27 to March 15.

According to the announcement, he returned to Macau through Hong Kong on March 16 and went to the Kiang Wu hospital in Macau the next day, March 17, complaining of toothache, fever, and rash.
He was then classified as a person with moderate risk of COVID-19 infection and underwent a COVID-19 diagnosis test.

“This afternoon, the test showed positive for infection associated with the novel coronavirus,” Macau’s government portal said.

He is now kept in isolation at the Conde S. Januário Hospital.

The Macau government has ordered a cleaning team to disinfect the patient’s residence in Macau since he went home after the COVID-19 test. It is also now doing contact tracing.

The Filipino is the 5th new COVID-19 case in Macau in 2 days.

Its last recorded COVID-19 infection, its 10th case, was in February 5 or more than 40 days ago.


Macau immediately closed its borders midnight Wednesday after recording the first 2 new cases Tuesday, which it described as “imported” cases of COVID-19.

Not covered by Macau's ban on overseas travellers are Macau residents and residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

The 11th case is a 26-year-old Korean woman who visited her boyfriend’s family in Portugal. She and her boyfriend returned to Macau through Dubai and Hong Kong.

The 12th case is a 47-year-old Spanish man who was on a business trip in Macau.

The 2 other cases discovered Wednesday are that of a 20-year-old Macau resident studying in United Kingdom (13th case) and a 42-year-old Indonesian woman who works in Macau.

All 5 new cases are confined at the Conde S. Januário Hospital, where Macau’s previous 10 cases received treatment and were discharged.