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‘Quarantine + NAT’ model very effective

Macao has neither confirmed a new COVID-19 case for 12 consecutive days nor a new local COVID-19 case for 101 consecutive days.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

Alvis Lo Iek Long, a clinical director of the public Conde de São Januário Hospital Centre pointed out that Macao has neither confirmed a new COVID-19 case for 12 consecutive days nor a new local COVID-19 case for 101 consecutive days.

Lo also said that the Macao government was paying close attention to the situation in which Hong Kong this week confirmed “many” new local COVID-19 cases, and Macao therefore has strengthened its COVID-19 prevention and control measures accordingly.

Lo pointed out that all arrivals who have been in Hong Kong within the 14 days prior to their entry into Macao must undergo 14 days of quarantine and medical observation at one of the government’s “quarantine hotels”, during which they have to undergo two nucleic acid tests. Lo said that the local government’s “hotel quarantine plus NAT” model has proven very effective in freeing Macao from COVID-19 risk.

When asked whether Hong Kong’s latest COVID-19 situation will affect the ongoing discussions on the possible gradual relaxation of the current border entry curbs and quarantine measures between the two special administrative regions, Lo said that the entry curbs between the two cities could only be relaxed when their respective COVID-19 situations are similar.

Meanwhile, Lau Fong Chi from the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) said that the special ferry link between Macao and Hong Kong’s airport will stop next Thursday as scheduled.

(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)
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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

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