Frontline gaming workers could still face another round of nucleic acid tests

Gaming sector workers could still be asked to conduct another round of nucleic acid tests, health authorities indicated.

In August more than 53,000 local frontline gaming workers – such as croupiers or security – were tested for Covid-19 as preparation for an expected increase in visitors after the re-issuing of tourist visas for mainland residents.

In its now weekly pandemic update press conference the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre Centre yesterday (Monday) stated that these measures have worked well but did not exclude the possibility of demanding another round of tests.

Macau has not reported any new Covid-19 tests for 115 consecutive days, however, with more than 40 million confirmed cases worldwide local authorities still consider there is a high risk of local infections.

The Macau government has also prepared future contingency plans, noting that the daily testing capacity is currently at 30,000 daily, but this number can be increased in case of emergency.

The number of isolation beds has also been increased 232 to 266 and plans to set-up a field Hospital with a capacity of 500 beds were also devised, with the temporary hospital to be set up outside housing areas.

Concerning the situation of vaccination against influenza for the winter season, authorities indicated that residents started to pay more attention to health and measures to prevent the seasonal flu, with more than 50,000 residents already vaccinated against the flu and 180,000 doses already ordered.