Macau’s Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng, has used his powers to gazette the shutting of most leisure facilities in the city with effect from 5 pm on Thursday.
He affirmed at a 2.30 pm press conference the latest round of “immediate prevention” steps to break the chain of transmission for the current outbreak of Covid-19, which saw the confirmed case tally rise to 110 by Thursday morning.
The city’s casinos were not on the list of places that must shutter. The Chief Executive said the situation would be analyzed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the development of the outbreak, and that it was important to ensure job stability.
The Chief Executive said that another round of mass testing of the community, which started at 9am on Thursday and is due to run until midnight on Friday, was very important to assess the actual situation, but that for now there will not be a need for so-called district area lockdowns, as most cases being caught were in an initial stage of infection.
From 5 pm on Thursday, Macau’s entertainment venues – excluding casinos – will have to suspend their operations. That is according to an executive order from Macau’s Chief Executive, under powers relating to the Law on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Infectious Diseases. The document does not state the length of time for the closure.
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