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Authorities mull relaxing NAT rules for arrivals from Zhuhai

SSM’s Leong Iek Hou says validity could return to 48 hours from current 24 if Covid-19 cases abate in Zhuhai.

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SSM’s Leong Iek Hou says validity could return to 48 hours from current 24 if Covid-19 cases abate in Zhuhai.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:45 am

Authorities are discussing whether the validity of the negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test (NAT) result for those entering Macao from Zhuhai can return to 48 hours from the current 24 hours once the neighbouring city has zero new local Covid-19 cases for seven days.

Zhuhai has reported four new local Covid-19 cases since Tuesday last week.

The validity of the negative NAT result for those entering Macao from Zhuhai was shortened to 24 hours from 48  last Friday, after the Zhuhai health authorities confirmed a new local Covid-19 case in Nanping town, which only lies a few kilometres northwest of Macao.

The validity of the negative NAT result for those entering Zhuhai from Macao has remained unchanged at seven days.

Consequently, the negative Covid-19 NAT result for those commuting between the two cities is currently valid for just 24 hours in reality.

The Health Bureau’s (SSM) Leong Iek Hou said yesterday that Zhuhai has not reported a new local Covid-19 case for a period of time, pointing out that the neighbouring city’s latest local case was confirmed on Saturday last week.

Consequently, Leong said, the Macao government will maintain close communication with its Zhuhai counterpart, assessing the feasibility of raising the NAT validity for those entering Macao from Zhuhai back to 48 hours seven days after the detection of the adjacent city’s latest local Covid-19 case, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:45 am

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