At a meeting of the Macau Legislative Assembly (AL) on Thursday, legislator José Maria Pereira Coutinho called on the government to shorten the number of mandatory isolation days for those entering Macau from outside China’s mainland to three days.
At present, the quarantine period for returning to Macau from Hong Kong, Taiwan or foreign countries is seven days of hotel quarantine and three days of self-health management – in line with the policy of China’s mainland.
But Coutinho pointed out at Thursday’s AL meeting that the Macau government has spent MOP$160 billion (US$19.8 billion) in three years to control the pandemic. “The government has spent millions and millions more, a huge amount of money in the budget,” he said.
Coutinho added that the government should do more to help Macau return to pre-pandemic normal.
“For example, the mandatory quarantine in hotels should be changed to home quarantine, and if that is not possible, the number of days of quarantine should be reduced to three days, as in other countries or regions, so that Macau can get back on track.”
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