Sands China Hotel Staff Now Required to Take NAT Test Daily – IAG
The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has issued guidelines requiring all employees working at Cotai hotels in Sands China to perform Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) daily.
“Since some people working at the Venetian Hotel were found to be infected with COVID-19, in order to reduce the risk of spreading the epidemic, the latest preventive measures from the Health Bureau [must be] followed,” the MGTO said.
The announcement posted by MGTO to Sands China adds that “Staff working at Venetian Macao, Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Londoner Macao, St. Regis Macao, Conrad Macao, Sheraton Macao and Parisian Macao must undergo testing dailies”.
The requirement comes as another Macau hotel, Casa Real – operated by Kingston Financial Group under license from SJM Resorts – has been classified as a Code Red zone after three of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
As Macau’s biggest outbreak continues to grow, authorities have announced that a fourth person has now died from the virus, with a 94-year-old woman dying of organ failure.
At the government’s daily press conference on Wednesday afternoon, AGI asked for clarification on the R number – a metric that tracks how fast a disease spreads by calculating how many other people each infected individual is infecting at any given time. The number has been used around the world to indicate whether the spread of COVID-19 is speeding up or slowing down, but Leong Iek Hou, who heads the Health Bureau’s Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Division, responded. “We shouldn’t worry about the number of R nothings, we should worry about when we are COVID-zero.