Macau, one of the first territories to identify the new coronavirus, is now one of the covid-19-free sites, with about 380 days without any local infection, according to official data. The country has so far registered 49 cases, of which 47 are imported.
“All people, at the entrance, are placed in quarantine, as long as they come from countries where there is a high or moderate risk of infection. They are placed in quarantine for 21 days, “” nucleic acid tests are carried out “and” at least two serological tests are carried out, “he told the Renascença Radio the health services spokesman, Vítor Moutinho.
The first case of infection was announced in the country on January 22, 2020. “Since that time, the temperature is checked, an epidemiological survey is carried out and a quarantine period is fulfilled”, creating “a bubble within the territory from Macau, where only those who are guaranteed not to have a virus enter the daily life of the community, ”he said.
The spokesman said the advantage lies in controlling the new variants. “Macau and some Asian regions have had or had cases, at the beginning of the year, of the so-called English or Brazilian variants, which are negative in nucleic acid tests – in those tests where people put the swabs on the nose or throat – until the 17th or 18th day ”.
“There have been cases in which this test is positive on the 19th or 20th day and even on subsequent days. That is why the authorities have defined that the quarantine is 21 days, plus seven days of surveillance ”, he indicated, referring that the measure“ started in January ”, when“ the new variants appeared ”, with no“ hidden cases within the community ” .
Other measures implemented after the detection of the first case was the rationed sale of masks, mandatory in public transport. In February, the Government closed the casinos, the main source of revenue in the territory.
“The casinos suffered a shock that, even today, although they are recovering slightly, still feel in the city. You tourists are few, the economy is medium-scale. There was a shock. Unemployment has increased. Before the pandemic, it was difficult to find spaces to open a store, nowadays there are more stores to rent ”, he stressed.
About vaccination, there is availability for the entire population. “The first phase was for priority groups, such as medical personnel, laboratory professionals, workers at border posts, public administration workers who had to provide assistance on the general line, firefighters, police, and customs personnel,” he said.
“In a second phase, we open to individuals with a high risk of occupational exposure, we are talking about cold chain workers and fresh imported food products, because there is a record, here in Asia, of products imported either from Europe, the USA or Brazil, which were contaminated with the virus. Then they were workers in air transport, the tourism industry and the gaming industry, ”he said.
The third phase includes people with urgent needs to travel to foreign countries or endemic regions.
Taísa Pagno //