In dolorous times, foreign arrivals cope with isolation
Sixty-nine of 222 foreign travelers who have arrived in Zhuhai as of April 5 are still under centralized quarantine in efforts to curb a resurgence of COVID-19.
Currently, all travelers entering the Chinese mainland through Guangdong checkpoints (including those from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, as well as any transferring in Guangdong) are be required to undergo nucleic acid tests and a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Those under centralized medical observation at designated hotels are to abide by Chinese laws, regulations, and anti-epidemic measures, or they will be held accountable for any violations.
Mr and Mrs Dyego leave hotel on April 6 after 14 days of centralized medical observation [Photo by Zhao Zi / Zhuhai Daily]
Others are forbidden to enter the hotels, while working staff must register personal and vehicle information and have their temperature taken.
In addition to a 24-hour hotline, the Zhuhai Foreign Affairs Office and Health Bureau have prepared advice related to regulations, health monitoring, and hotel services in Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean. The notices are posted in guestrooms.
The hotels provide menus from which to choose meals a day in advance. Food and accommodations expenditures must be paid by the travelers.
Kitchen and household garbage produced by the guests will be disinfected and disposed of properly. After the quarantine period, hotel staff in protective suits will clean the vacated guestrooms.
A Brazilian man and wife in Zhuhai for their jobs were released from quarantine on April 6, having arrived on a Brazil-Ethiopia-Guangzhou flight two weeks before. As supporters of China's anti-epidemic measures, the Dyegos noted that the quarantine is long but necessary. During the period, they said they watched movies, surfed the Internet, and chatted with each other with a sense of security throughout the entire period.