The government of Guangdong announced that from 6 am on Frday anyone from abroad, Macau Hong Kong and Taiwan that enters the Chinese province will be placed in quarantine for 14 days, as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
A statement from the provincial headquarters to prevent the epidemic said that all of those that enter the province of Guangdong will be subject to a nucleic acid test (NAT) to establish if they are contaminated, and will then be accommodated in special areas designated by the government.
The provincial authorities said, however, that every individual that ensures the transport of essential goods and products for Macau and Hong Kong residents will not, for now, be placed in quarantine, when they cross the border but will be subject to a NAT test.
Since 25 March residents from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan who have been in any other country of region in the previous 14 days have been barred from entering Macau.
Since then everyone, including Macau residents, who have visited Hong Kong or Taiwan in the previous 14 days are placed in quarantine.
The government of Hong Kong applied similar measures on entries and exits from the neighbouring administrative region.
Macau and Hong Kong are located in Guangdong province. So far Macau has recorded 33 cases (23 imported) and no deaths, Hong Kong has 454 cases and four deaths and the province of Guangdong 1.456 cases (104 imported) and eight deaths.
Meanwhile the Chinese government announced, in Beijing, that from Saturday 28 March, all foreigners are banned from entering China, including those with valid visas and residence authorisations.
A statement from the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs does, however, include exceptions for diplomats, passenger and cargo flight crews and specialists in areas related to the fight against Covid-19.
The measure was announced just after the Chinese government decided that Chinese airlines can only carry out one foreign flight per week and foreign airlines can only offer one flight per week to China. (macauhub)