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Hong Kong travellers must wait one week after quarantine before entering mainland

New measure closes loophole as some Hong Kong travellers had entered mainland via Macao and Zhuhai rather than Shenzhen.

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New measure closes loophole as some Hong Kong travellers had entered mainland via Macao and Zhuhai rather than Shenzhen.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

Travellers arriving in Macao from Hong Kong may only enter the mainland at least seven days after completing their required 14-day hotel quarantine in the city. The new measure, which was announced by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre, took effect at midnight on Saturday.

The Macao government reduced hotel quarantine for arrivals from Hong Kong from 21 days to 14 last March, but maintained the seven-day post-quarantine “self-health management”. However, the requirement was lifted in April.

According to recent Hong Kong media reports, some Hong Kong residents had chosen to enter Guangdong via Macao and Zhuhai – instead of via Shenzhen – so as to circumvent the seven-day “self-health monitoring” required by the mainland health authorities, before the new measure by the Macao government took effect on Saturday.

Macao has not recorded a new local Covid-19 case for 15 consecutive days after the latest case was confirmed on 9 October. Macao’s Covid-19 tally stands at 77, without any fatalities.

Macao had a total of 12 patients in its latest Covid-19 wave, which the Health Bureau has concluded has stabilised, comprising a six-member cluster of quarantine hotel security staff and a six-member renovation worker cluster. While the security staff cluster was detected on 25 September, the renovation worker cluster began on 4 October.

Macao’s total of 77 Covid-19 cases comprises 60 imported cases and 17 cases “connected to imported ones”, reported The Macau Post Daily.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

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