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No let-up in 7 days’ quarantine for overseas arrivals

Virus incubation period is one week: lessening quarantine time would expose city to greater risk, says health official.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:52 am

Overseas arrivals in Macao will continue to face seven days’ quarantine for the foreseeable future, Leong Iek Hou, head of the Health Bureau’s Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Division, has announced.

Leong said that as the novel coronavirus has an incubation period of seven days, reducing quarantine time could aid its spread in the community.

Leong added that the best way to prevent Covid-19’s spread was to continue to test Key Groups of workers. At present, there are 188,000 such workers in Macao, mainly dealing with frozen food and employed as cleaners and security guards.

As of 4 pm this afternoon, 1,483,680 vaccinations had been administered, with the breakdown as follows:

One jab only: 27,157

Two jabs: 293,364

Three jabs: 294,271

Four jabs: 7,375  

Leong said that the Health Bureau is negotiating with producers to buy vaccines for youngsters aged from six months to three years.

Travellers have continued to flow across the border with Zhuhai; between 18 and 24 August around 2 million people headed into or out of the city, representing an increase of 15.5 per cent from the week before.

Of these, 207,000 were visitors, representing an increase of 43.2 per cent from the previous week.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:52 am

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