Macau Suspends Non-Essential Services for a Week Amid Case Spike

Macau authorities ordered on Monday that non-essential businesses, including all its casinos for the first time in more than two years, shut for one week after a coronavirus outbreak.  

“The latest step is to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” the Government Information Bureau said in a statement on Saturday. 

The bureau also said that all businesses would be required to suspend their operations unless their business is “essential to the community and the day-to-day lives of the members of the public.” 

The statement also instructed residents to stay home and stopped restaurant dining-in services. 

Under earlier guidelines, the government also put around 19,000 people under mandatory quarantine and closed schools and entertainment venues, including bars, cinemas and shopping malls. 

In recent weeks, officials have set up a makeshift hospital and converted several casino resorts into medical facilities to ease caseloads in the only public hospital serving more than 600,000 residents in the city. 

According to official figures, the city has recorded 1,526 positive COVID-19 infections since mid-June. 

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