The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre announces that the present citywide nucleic acid testing scheme has ended at 11:00 this morning with some 725,000 samples collected. Untested individuals in Macao will see their Macao Health Code converted to yellow, and they must make an appointment for self-paid testing at a regular NAT station. Considering the possibility of issuing Typhoon Signal No.8 during daytime today (2 November) remains “medium to relatively high”, relevant individuals should make the appointment and get tested as soon as possible.
The Response and Coordination Centre reminds that:
1. Those who have not taken the citywide NAT as required must have their sample collected at a regular NAT station at their own cost. The booking link is: https://eservice.ssm.gov.mo/rnatestbook (paper certificate can be provided, result will be uploaded to the Macao Health Code for use in border-crossing, and will be counted in the citywide NAT scheme).
2. There is no exemption period for the present citywide NAT scheme. Individuals in Macao who remain untested will be assigned a yellow health code after 11:00 on 2 November. According to relevant regulations, yellow code holders are not allowed to enter public places, take public transport or leave the city.
3. If your Macao Health Code is converted to yellow despite having undergone the citywide NAT, please visit the platform of “Enquiries and assistance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control” (https://www.ssm.gov.mo/covidq) to apply for removal of yellow code.
4. Anyone remain untested by 15:00 tomorrow (3 November) will have their Macao Health Code changed to red; they will be taken by the police to a designated venue to undergo sampling, and will not be allowed to leave until the test returns as negative. People who refuse to take the test will be subjected to medical observation at designated venue for 14 days.
5. All nucleic acid tests performed on 31 October - regardless of where the samples were collected or whether they were free or not - will be counted into the present citywide NAT scheme, so as to avoid repeat testing; however, people with yellow health code and target groups of the key area NAT drives still need to satisfy the test frequency requirements previously prescribed by the health authorities.
6. Before going to the NAT stations to get tested, the public must first perform a rapid antigen test (RAT) by themselves at home. If tested negative, go to the NAT station for sampling as scheduled. Upon entry into the NAT station, present a health code containing a RAT negative result or a photo showing a RAT negative result; otherwise, entry would be denied. If the RAT result is positive, regardless of whether having fever, respiratory symptoms or other discomfort, an ambulance should be called (Tel: 119, 120 or 2857 2222) after declaring the result on the Macao Health Code. The declarant and the co-living individuals must stay home and wait patiently for being transferred to the quarantine site by the designated ambulance. Relevant nucleic acid testing will be arranged for all of them by the authorities.View gallery