Macao nucleic acid-test scheme extended to mainland passport holders and mainland exit-entry permit holders

Press conference held by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre.

Macao’s standard scheme enabling human nucleic acid testing for COVID-19 infection has been extended from today. It is now available to holders of mainland China passports and holders of mainland-issued exit-entry permits, who wish to make cross-boundary trips between Macao and Zhuhai either for business, a family visit, or work.

The new step does not mean relaxation in existing entry-restriction policies. Holders of the relevant document will still not be exempted from the 14-day period of medical observation required when travelling between Macao and Zhuhai, unless they also fulfil other prescribed conditions.

The latest step was announced during the Wednesday (13 May) press conference held by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre.

Nucleic acid tests must be booked online at https://app.ssm.gov.mo/rnatestbook/. Each test for those in the newly-entitled category will cost 180 patacas.

As of Wednesday, Macao had not recorded any new COVID-19 cases for 35 consecutive days.

On Wednesday another patient that had been treated for COVID-19 was released from hospital care after successful treatment in Macao. The 12-year-old male patient has now been placed under 14 days of post-recovery monitoring at the Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane.

He is one of 43 patients that have already recovered from the disease after receiving treatment in Macao. There has been a total of 45 COVID-19 cases recorded in Macao. The two patients remaining hospitalised have each been described as in a stable condition.

As of Wednesday, there were 12 people in Macao undergoing 14 days of post-recovery monitoring at the Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane.

Also as of Wednesday, there was an aggregate of 222 people undergoing relevant medical observation in Macao, distributed among several facilities. Of the tally, 208 were in hotels designated for that purpose; one was at a Health Bureau facility; and 13 were staying aboard fishing boats that had returned to Macao amid a declared moratorium on commercial fishing.

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