Anyone in Macao who visited Zhangjiajie in Hunan province on or after 17 July must undergo hotel quarantine for up to 14 days, according to a new emergency measure which took effect at midnight.
A spokesman for the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre said that travellers who had visited Zhangjiajie on or after 17 July but entered Macao before midnight last night must report their travel history on their Macao Health Code.
The spokesman said that they are required to practise “self-health management” for up to 14 days after leaving Zhangjiajie. During their “self-health management”, they must take a series of free-of-charge nucleic acid tests (NATs).
The spokesman pointed out that a negative NAT result cannot be used for crossing the Macao-mainland border as the results will not be displayed on their Macao Health Code.
The spokesman said that anyone who needed to travel between Macao and the mainland should book a NAT on the government’s appointment system which costs MOP 80.
In related news, the centre also urged anyone in Macao who watched a performance of the cultural show “Meili Xiangxi” in Zhangjiajie on Thursday night last week to “immediately” call the centre on 2870 0800 for “follow-up action”.
Zhangjiajie authorities announced yesterday that Covid-19 transmissions had occurred among members of the audience in the show that was conducted from 6 pm to 7 pm on Thursday last week.
The hour-long Meili Xiangxi show is staged before an audience of up to 3,000 four times a night.
Although Zhangjiajie – which has a population of 1.5 million – so far has not reported any new local Covid-19 cases, transmissions might have occurred in the city, according to the mainland health authorities, because a family of three who had visited was confirmed as Covid-19 patients in Sichuan’s provincial capital of Chengdu on Tuesday. On the same day, a woman who had visited Zhangjiajie was confirmed as a Covid-19 patient in Dalian city in Liaoning province.