Macau has entered “immediate pandemic prevention” mode after detecting two local cases of Covid-19.
Macau.- The government of Macau has reported two new local Covid-19 cases – the first in nearly 500 days.
Tai Wa Hou, Macau’s health official, has urged people to avoid non-essential travel. Authorities said they would conduct mass testing of the population.
It comes after authorities implemented new controls requiring all visitors to Macau from any mainland Chinese city to hold a negative nucleic acid test certificate for Covid-19. According to Alvis Lo Iek Long, Macau’s Health Bureau, the acid test must be issued within 48 hours before travel.
Despite the rise in Covid-19 cases in the region, Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. believes Macau casinos will continue to be opened unless there is a widespread outbreak. However, people must wear masks and have their temperature checked there.
The Macau government previously announced that it will update its health code. Visitors from mainland China will have to provide new information on vaccination status and whether people have previously contracted Covid-19.
Bernstein has predicted that gross gaming revenue in August could be affected by the rise in Covid-19 cases in mainland China.