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Compulsory NATs for at-risk workers to be dropped next Monday

People who work away from home, and high-risk cleaners, food deliverers and bus and taxi drivers, excused of regular testing as Covid-19 threat subsides.

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People who work away from home, and high-risk cleaners, food deliverers and bus and taxi drivers, excused of regular testing as Covid-19 threat subsides.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:39 am

People who leave home for work will no longer be required to undergo regular nucleic acid tests (NATs) after Macao returns to its normalised Covid-19 prevention and control period next Monday.

Mandatory daily NATs for those in four high-risk key occupation groups, namely cleaning staff, food deliverers, public bus drivers and taxi drivers and indoor renovation workers, will also come to an end, Leong Iek Hou, who heads the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Division of the Health Bureau, has announced.

During the current six-day Covid-19-prevention stabilisation period, which started on Tuesday and is scheduled to end on Sunday night, all those who leave home for work but are not in Key Groups are required to undergo a NAT every three days, while those in the four Key Groups are required to undergo a test daily.

The current stabilisation period was imposed after a 10-day Covid-19-control consolidation period during which Macao’s latest outbreak which began on 18 June gradually subsided.

Leong reaffirmed that if Macao’s Covid-19 situation remains stable, the city will return to its normalised Covid-19 prevention and control period on Monday as scheduled.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:39 am

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