Saturday, November 26, 2022

Macau to close casinos for a week due to the COVID-19 outbreak

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Macau, an Asian gambling hub, will close all of its casinos for a week from Monday and largely confine people to their homes in an attempt to contain a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected more than 1,400 people in the country. last three weeks.

All businesses were ordered to close except supermarkets and other essential services. Residents were required to stay at home, except to buy food or if they worked in an essential sector.

Macau, a semi-autonomous Chinese region like neighboring Hong Kong, was facing its first major outbreak of the pandemic. The city of 680,000 people reported 93 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total for that outbreak to 1,467.

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The former Portuguese colony followed a version of China’s “zero COVID” strategy, confining buildings with infected people and carrying out massive rounds of testing to identify and isolate those infected.

Authorities warned that police would patrol the streets and offenders would be punished, according to Macau media reports. Anyone leaving the house was required to wear a mask, and adults were required to wear an N95 or equivalent.

The measures announced on Saturday extended restrictions imposed on June 23. The previous order closed hairdressers, gyms, cinemas, bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues, and prohibited eating in restaurants, which could only serve for takeout or delivery.

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Macau’s economy relies heavily on its casinos and related businesses, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. Gaming revenue has partially recovered in the past year, but remains well below pre-pandemic levels.

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