Border tightens; 1,000 detained

The government’s new border restrictions kicked into a higher gear today. As of 4pm, there were nearly 1,000 visitors who chose to receive health checks at the two main centers set up in Macau after crossing the border, rather than provide a medical certificate from Zhuhai: 738 at the Worker’s Stadium and 184 at the Taipa Ferry Terminal. A total of 544 who were asked to report, chose not to and went back to the mainland. A total of 46 Macau residents who are frequent cross-border travelers were sent to have medical checks.

The health checks would need to last up to eight hours, the government explained. They were required for anyone coming from “high-risk” areas, which include Guangdong, Henan, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Beijing and Chongqing.

Although new infection rates in Guangdong were down to one yesterday, the government said this is not the only criteria. It also looks at total reported cases.

To put this in perspective, Macau processed an average of roughly 100,000 visitors a day last year. Yesterday, there were 5,800.

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