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Macau lockdown and casino closure extended

Macau's once tourist-filled streets will remain empty for another week (image courtesy Shutterstock).

More misery for Macau this week as lockdown restrictions are extended for another five days.

Curbs were expected to be lifted in the city on Monday July 18, but a surge in infections has meant the lockdown is now extended until Friday July 22.

Non-essential businesses must remain shuttered and residents have been told to stay at home unless they need to buy emergency supplies.

On Friday of last week, 31 Covid infections were recorded in the Special Administrative Region. Macau continues to follow the mainland’s ‘zero Covid’ strategy with a policy of mass testing and neighbourhood lockdowns if cases surge. Authorities have offered financial measures to support struggling businesses.

Casino closure

This latest round of lockdown measures was initially introduced on July 11 and has included the closure of all the city’s casinos, some of which have been turned into temporary medical facilities. Approximately 19,000 residents have been placed in mandatory quarantine.

Schools and entertainment venues were already closed in line with earlier restrictions.

It seems a weekend hitting the Cotai Strip continues to remain out of reach.

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