Macau civil service reopens only for emergencies

17 February 2020

The Government of Macau on Monday resumed its activity but only for urgent cases which, however, require a prior appointment in order to avoid the people gathering together in public offices.

After closing for two weeks, public offices opened with reduced staff and with users required to fill out an electronic document, provided by the health services, to declare their state of health.

The government also requires all employees and users of public services to use masks to enter the premises.

The Macau civil service has approximately 32,000 employees.

This is one of the many measures that the government has put in place to ensure that the city can progressively return to normality and preventing, at the same time, the propagation of the Covid-19 virus in Macau.

The Macau health authorities announced, however, that Macau has had no new cases of the virus for 13 days and said that two patients who were hospitalised are cured and have been discharged from the hospital and returned to mainland China.

At the moment, of 10 patients with the Covid-19 virus detected in Macau, just five remain in hospital, and two are from mainland China and three from Macau.

With an 80% drop in border movement, thirty hotels closed, dozens of restaurants closed and with sea and air links with Hong Kong cut, the government continues to call on the population to remain in their homes and only leave if absolutely necessary.

The Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Ao Ieong U, the vice president of the Centre for the Coordination of Contingency of the new Strain of Coronavirus, said that the fact that there have been no new cases in Macau and patients who contracted the disease are now being discharged, does not mean that the epidemic situation has decreased.

Unlike neighbouring areas, the supply of food has remained normal, with the supermarkets full of food products.

Guangdong province, where Macau is located, recorded 1,322 cases of Covid-19 with four deaths, the municipality of Zhuhai, bordering Macau, has recorded 97 cases without fatalities and in Hong Kong, there have been 57 cases with one death. (macauhub)