27th March 2020 – (Hong Kong) Authorities of Guangdong Province announced new immigration quarantine measures at 9pm yesterday. After the measures were announced, a large number of residents and labourers lined up to head towards Zhuhai at the Cross Border Industrial Area in Macau. At one time, nearly a kilometre-long queue appeared.
Some people have expressed their urgency to clear the customs before the implementation of the measure at 6 am today (27th) and take their belongings from their residences in Zhuhai back to Macau. At the Lotus Checkpoint Station, there were still more than 1,000 people waiting to enter the border at midnight, and the port implemented crowd control measures. According to the Guangdong Provincial Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters’ announcement, in order to further reduce imported COVID-16 cases, from 6 am this morning, arrivals entering through the Guangdong port, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan areas or transit passengers, will undergo nucleic acid testing and quarantine for 14 days at centralised isolation centre at their own expense.
The Macau Police announced that between 10 pm last night to 6 a.m today, approximately 11,600 people have exited Macau, a nearly 10-fold increase over the same period in the recent past. Among them, about 5,800 passengers passed the Lotus Checkpoint Station, about 4,300 passengers passed the Cross Border Industrial Area, and about 1,400 passengers passed through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Police said that in order to disperse crowds, more customs clearance inspection counters were opened, and additional shuttle vehicles had been deployed.