Macau returns to daily COVID testing after positive test in neighboring Chinese city
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Macau authorities ordered residents to undergo at least two days of COVID-19 testing after a person traveling from the Chinese special administrative region to the neighboring city of Zhuhai was found to be infected with the virus.
The move comes days after Macau began relaxing strict anti-Covid rules, including resuming travel to Zhuhai without quarantine from August 3.
Macau’s government said in a statement on Sunday that all of the city’s 700,000 residents should take rapid antigen tests on Sunday and Monday and upload the results to a government website.
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Thousands of residents living near Macau’s border with Zhuhai and the Taipa district, which is next to the Las Vegas-style Cotai strip, must take official nucleic acid tests, he said the government.
Authorities have also closed the apartment building of the infected person and the supermarket where the person worked.
Macau reopened public services and entertainment facilities and allowed restaurant dining to resume on August 2.
The former Portuguese colony has reported around 1,800 infections since mid-June, when it was hit by its worst coronavirus outbreak that forced casinos to close and most of the city to shut down.
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More than 90% of Macau residents are fully vaccinated against COVID, but authorities have closely followed China’s zero-COVID mandate that aims to curb all outbreaks at almost any cost, unlike most of the rest of the world that is already adapting to living with the virus.