This July 11, 2022 photo shows the famous Grand Lisboa, center, in Macao closed, after casinos and most other businesses were ordered to close while the city fought a coronavirus outbreak. (AP)
HONG KONG – The government of the Macao Special Administrative Region said on Wednesday people could enter the mainland city of Zhuhai without quarantine, a further relaxation of COVID-19 policies as the world's biggest gambling hub seeks a return to normalcy.
Authorities reopened public services and entertainment facilities in Macao on Tuesday.
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Starting from 6 pm Wednesday, people leaving Macao for Zhuhai must have a certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test within the past 24 hours and take further two tests within three days of arriving in the mainland city, the government said in a statement. No quarantine is required anymore.
As of Tuesday, Macao has reported no new community COVID-19 cases for 11 consecutive days.
The Chinese mainland reported registering 38 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and identifying 251 local asymptomatic carriers on Tuesday.
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a citizen for nucleic acid testing in Bengshan district of Bengbu city, East China's Anhui province, July 16, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
Total 128 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery, bringing the total number of such recovered patients to 223,009, according to the National Health Commission.
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No new deaths from COVID-19 were recorded on Tuesday, with the total death toll standing at 5,226, it added.