HONG KONG (Reuters) – Macau will shut nearly all business and industrial companies together with its casinos for one week from Monday, as authorities race to curb a surge of COVID-19 infections on the planet’s greatest playing hub.
Important companies together with lodges, supermarkets and pharmacies will nevertheless stay open, metropolis officers stated as they introduced the measures at a press convention on Saturday.
The announcement got here as Macau reported 71 new COVID instances on Saturday, taking the full to 1,374 since mid-June. Greater than 17,000 persons are in quarantine, authorities have stated.
Native authorities have added two lodges in fashionable on line casino resorts for use as COVID medical services from Friday as they attempt to improve capability to deal with the surge of infections.
Greater than 90% of Macau’s residents are totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID however that is the primary time the town has needed to grapple with the fast-spreading Omicron variant.
(Reporting by Julie Zhu; Enhancing by David Holmes)
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