Inês Chan Lou, who heads the Licensing and Inspection Department of the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO), confirmed during Monday’s daily press conference that as of Monday afternoon only four “quarantine hotels” were still operating.
At the peak, there were 12 “quarantine hotels” with about 3,000 guestrooms. Early last week, Metropole Hotel became the first of the government’s “quarantine hotels” to return to its normal hospitality role, and since then more and more “quarantine hotels” have returned to their previous roles after all those who completed their 14-day quarantine and medical observation in them had checked out.
Each hotel was then cleaned and disinfected under Health Bureau (SSM) supervision before returning to their normal hospitality roles.
Chan said that as of Monday afternoon 753 people were still undergoing their 14 days of quarantine and medical observation in the government’s now four “quarantine hotels” – comprising 513 Macau residents, 180 non-resident workers and 60 visitors.
2 non-local patients’ bills still unpaid
Meanwhile, Alvis Lo Iek Long, a clinical director of the public Conde de S. Januário Hospital Centre, also said during Monday’s press conference that the two non-local patients who were discharged on Easter Sunday still have to pay their medical bills for their COVID-19 treatment at the public hospital.
The public hospital announced on Sunday that the bill for the 31-year-old non-resident worker from the Philippines (Macau’s 15th COVID-19 case) is 18,000 patacas, while the bill for the 47-year-old Spanish tourist (the 12th case) is 44,000 patacas.
Local residents do not need to pay for treatment of infectious diseases. Non-local patients that had infectious diseases can apply for exemption of payment of the bill due to financial difficulties.
Lo said that the two non-local patients had told the hospital that they were willing to pay their bills but would need several days to collect the money. Lo said that as the two patients have been transferred to the Health Bureau’s quarantine facility in Coloane – Public Health Clinical Centre – for 14 days of recovery period isolation, the public hospital had allowed them to pay their bills after they complete the 14-day isolation.
Lo noted that patients who are non-resident workers have to pay the original amount of their public hospital bills, while patients who are tourists have to pay double the original amount. Local residents enjoy a 30 per cent discount on their bills from the public hospital. However, local residents’ treatment of infectious and certain diseases is free of charge at the public hospital.