Macau health officials are worried about the increasing new cases of COVID-19 in the neighboring Guangdong. The city of Zhongshan, which borders Macau, recently confirmed 50 cases of infections.
Macau Health Bureau worries that some of the people who tested positive had traveled into the Special Administration Region (SAR) of China. The increasing COVID-19 cases in Guangdong are credited to the more contagious delta variant.
The uptick came after Macau eased entry protocols for travelers coming from the province. Despite the concerns, Macau officials are unlikely to re-implement border restrictions as long as visitors arriving in Macau issues a COVID-19 negative test. No quarantine or medical supervision is needed for visitors upon entering Macau.
Several close contacts have been identified for coronavirus patients who traveled on a Macau casino bus. Macau health department says that a Zhongshan woman traveled to Macau for work-related purposes last week.
Those in contact are reported to have tested negative for COVID-19 and are now in quarantine. Macau Health Bureau believes that an outbreak in Macau is unlikely but encourages people to get vaccinated.
In Macau, 43 percent of people have received at least one dose of COVID-19, and 32 percent are fully vaccinated. Casinos workers are being vaccinated at a higher rate, with the operator facilitating the process.
Wynn Macau’s workforce is now fully vaccinated. Galaxy Entertainment says that more than 12, 000 of its staff and their relatives have been vaccinated. Sands China says that 10, 000 of its workers and families have received a jab.