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NAT validity for Zhuhai arrivals rests on zero local cases for seven days

For the moment, NAT validity stays at 24 hours; Zhuhai’s reports fifth new local case since 15 March detected in Cuixiang.

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For the moment, NAT validity stays at 24 hours; Zhuhai’s reports fifth new local case since 15 March detected in Cuixiang.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:45 am

Nucleic acid test (NAT) rules for travellers from Zhuhai could be relaxed if Macao’s neighbour has zero new local Covid-19 cases for at least seven days.

The Health Bureau (SSM) said on Thursday that it was assessing with its Zhuhai counterpart whether the NAT validity for those entering Macao from Zhuhai could be raised back to 48 hours from the current 24.

However, the Zhuhai health authorities confirmed a new local Covid-19 case on Friday. The patient lives in Zhuhai’s Cuixiang subdistrict. Including the latest case, Zhuhai has reported a total of five new local Covid-19 cases since 15 March.

Before the latest case on Friday, the last local Covid-19 case in Zhuhai was confirmed on 19 March.

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Elsie Ao Ieong U also said that she believed that Zhuhai would be able to bring its local Covid-19 transmissions under control very quickly, The Macau Post Daily reported.

In related news, Ao Ieong said that the government has submitted a list detailing the number and type of medical workers who would be needed in the event of a massive Covid-19 outbreak to the central government.

In case Macao needs support from mainland medical workers to help tackle a serious Covid-19 outbreak, the central government would be able to provide the city with medical workers more quickly, according to the policy secretary.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:45 am

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