Daily News Wrap

  1. Macau has reported no new coronavirus cases for ten straight days. It has announced that “basic” public services will resume next week and it is working on a series of guidelines for the resumption of work across the SAR. MI
  1. Zhuhai 91 (+2), Zhongshan 64 (+0), and Jiangmen 22 (+0), the three cities closest to Macau, still have a combined 177 confirmed cases. Guangdong reported only 20 new cases yesterday among its population of 120m-plus, bringing the province’s total to 1261, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. GDN
  1. It is too early to know if the Covid-19 peak is near, says the WHO. AGB
  1. The recent and dramatic change in local weather is unlikely to influence the ability of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) to spread, the Macau health authorities say. Despite the rain and misty conditions typical of the Macau springtime, health officials say “there is no evidence at the moment that relates a faster spread of virus [to] different environment or temperature conditions.” MDT.
  1. At the beginning of next week, the minimum temperature will drop to around 10 degrees Celsius, according to the government’s weather forecast. MDT.
  1. All 392 of the city’s shuttle bus drivers tested negative for the coronavirus, the Health Bureau has announced. Gov.mo 
  1. If you really must ignore the government’s request to stay home and are desperate to dine out, here is a handy guide to what is still open at the resorts, courtesy of Macau Lifestyle. ML
  1. MGM Macau’s hotel is closed from today. Currently, there are 10 three- to five-star hotels and 18 low-star hotel venues closed. Gov.mo
  1. Contrary to the instructions issued by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ), that education during the Covid-19 outbreak should focus on revision, some schools are testing their students, lawmaker Sulu Sou says. MDT.
  1. The Health Bureau (SSM) has confirmed reports that facemasks sold under the administration of the government are being resold at a higher price. These reports, according to the health regulator, were made by associations helping the government with mask sales. MDT.
  1. Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has congratulated CPPCC Vice-Chairman Xia Baolong on his concurrent appointment as director of the State Council Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. MN.
  1. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf has decided to waive all rents for its tenants in February.  WGI
  1. Suncity says its VIP growth plans for the year remain intact, despite the Covid-19 outbreak. GGRA
  1. Kiangwu Charity and Kiangwu Hospital have raised MOP6.3 million in donations for Hubei to fight Covid-19. MDN
  1. Luso International Banking has donated MOP2 million for Hubei to fight Covid-19. MDN

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Previous update:

13/02/2020

  1. The head of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Zhang Xiaoming, has been replaced by Xia Baolong, vice chairman of the CPPCC. Macau’s Liaison Office Director, Fu Ziying, will be concurrently one of his deputies. MI
  2. In Hubei, epicentre of the outbreak, 14,840 new cases were reported today, a nearly tenfold increase from the previous day, bringing the total to 48,206. The death toll rose to 1,310, with 242 new deaths added, more than double the previous day’s increase. Hubei Health Commission.
  3. Finance and Economy Secretary Lei Wainong has announced a package of relief measures to support businesses and individuals. MI.
  4. Macau has reported no new coronavirus cases for nine straight days, while the second and third of its previously confirmed 10 cases have been discharged from hospital. Gov.mo
  5. Zhuhai 89 (+2), Zhongshan 64 (+2), and Jiangmen 22 (+1), the three cities closest to Macau, still have a combined 175 confirmed cases. Guangdong reported only 22 new cases yesterday, bringing the province’s total to 1241, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. GDN
  6. MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren is to step down, and a search is being conducted for his replacement. Meanwhile, the company revealed its Macau closure is costing US$1.5mln per day. GGRA
  7. MGM China has reported 2019 Ebitda up 28%.  MI
  8. The occupancy rate of Macau’s hotels fell to just 16% in the week from 1 to 7 February, the MGTO announced. IAG
  9. A total of 26 hotels are now closed. MACAUNEWS
  10. Macau students who cannot go back to Taiwan universities can apply to transfer to universities in Macao. Gov.mo
  11. China Life Insurance Macai is providing one-time free medical insurance of MOP50,000 as well as MOP 500,000 of death benefit to all staff of the Macau Health Bureau and other individuals recruited to fight the epidemic. TDM
  12. Nam Yue Group has donated 100,000 masks to the government. Gov.mo
  13. Guangdong Group has donated HK$20 million (including medical supplies) to help the mainland fighting the epidemic. TDM
  14. Hail was recorded in parts of Zhuhai. TDM

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Previous update:

12/02/2020

  1. Macau has reported no new coronavirus cases for eight straight days. However, the government is concerned that some people are not taking the “stay home” advice seriously enough. GOV
  2. Zhuhai 87 (+1), Zhongshan 62 (+4), and Jiangmen 21 (+1), the three cities closest to Macau, still have a combined 170 confirmed cases. Guangdong reported only 42 new cases yesterday, bringing the province’s total to 1219, according to the Guangdong Health Commission. GDN
  3. The coronavirus outbreak appears to be abating, judging by falling new infection rates across the country, and even the death count is receding. China Daily
  4. The outbreak may peak this month and be over in April, according to leading researcher Zhong Nanshan.  TDM
  5. A brilliant WeChat mini-program has been launched (in Chinese only), which allows users to see on a live map where all reported infections are located. MI
  6. There is a “strong chance” that the casino shutdown could be extended, say analysts at Sanford Bernstein. GGRA. They also expect February GGR to fall 95%. IAG
  7. Macau tourist numbers have continued to hit record lows as quarantine and prevention measures at the borders remain in place. IAG
  8. Galaxy is providing one-off subsidies to local schools and nursery service users, to help families with young children through the coronavirus crisis. MI
  9. BNU has launched a special loan package designed to support SMEs through these difficult times. MDN
  10. The Department of Health received a report of an imported case of dengue fever, the patient is a Macau resident from the Philippines. Gov.mo
  11. MIECF, the city’s biggest trade fair, will be cancelled this year. TDM
  12. Municipal Affairs Bureau president José Tavares removed an inflammatory message that incited discrimination against domestic helpers from the government website after the bureau was accused of racism.  MDT
  13. Municipal Affairs Bureau cracked down this morning on unlicensed hawkers around the Qingzhou New Wholesale Market, confiscating their goods and charging them with offences.  Gov.mo

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Previous update:

11/02/2020

  1. Macau still has not reported a new confirmed case of the new coronavirus, seven days on. Guangdong is also seeing new cases fall. As of 9 am today, it had reported 1177 confirmed cases, 18 more than the previous day. Most came in the two megacities: Shenzhen has 375 (+6), Guangzhou 317 (+3), Zhuhai 86 (+1), Foshan 70 (+0), Dongguan 62 (+2), Zhongshan 58 (+2), Huizhou 53 (+1), Zhaoqing 15 (+0), and Jiangmen 20 (+0), according to the Guangdong Health Commission
  2. The government is delaying a decision on whether to extend the 15-day closure of Macau’s casinos. IAG 
  3. The city’s first large-scale art extravaganza, Art Macao, will not be back for a second act this year, alas. MDT
  4. It will take Macau three months to recover from this crisis, a slot-machine industry group has boldly predicted. GGRA
  5. Sands China is donating 500,000 facemasks to aid in the struggle against the coronavirus outbreak. MI  
  6. Tak Chun Group is donating HK$20 million and 200,000 masks to help fight the coronavirus. IAG
  7. The government has opened applications for financial relief measures among SMEs, and has had a good response on the first day, accepting 49. Gov.mo
  8. Zhuhai’s real estate market has frozen, but analysts predict it will bounce back as the longer-term fundamentals are sound. MI
  9. Taiwanese authorities are once again raising travel warnings to Hong Kong and Macau, reminding their people to avoid visiting. TDM
  10. From tomorrow (12th), South Korea will mark Hong Kong and Macau as epidemic areas, and will strengthen quarantine on entry from the two SARs. TDM

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Previous update:

10/02/2020

  1. Macau is winning the battle against the coronavirus – so far. No new cases have been reported for six straight days, and all nine remaining patients will be released soon, the government said. MI.
  2. However, the neighboring cities of Zhuhai (85, +9), Zhongshan (56, +10), and Jiangmen (20, +6) all continued to report new confirmed cases over the past three days. As of 4pm today, Guangdong had reported a total of 1159 confirmed cases, adding 125 new infections over the past three days, a steady decline that has been maintained over the last week. Shenzhen has 369 (+30), Guangzhou 314 (+29), Foshan 70 (+11), Dongguan 60 (+7), Huizhou 52 (+13), and Zhaoqing 15 (+1), according to the Guangdong Health Commission.  GDN.
  3. The government’s Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) has called for Scientific Research Project Proposals related to the coronavirus, each worth up to MOP$500,000. GOV
  4. A survey conducted by the Macao Polling Research Association shows that nearly 90% of residents are satisfied with the government ’s response to the epidemic. MDN
  5. A group of nurses from Kiang Wu Hospital has published an open letter complaining of “malpractices”, which the hospital has denied. MDT.
  6. From tomorrow, Taiwan will temporarily restrict all Hong Kong and Macau residents and students from visiting Taiwan TDM
  7. Legend Hotel and Rocks Hotel at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, plus Melco’s Altira, have joined the growing list of Macau hotels to temporarily suspend operations, taking the number of hotels closed for hiatus to 23. IAG
  8. City of Dreams Macau is offering hotel refunds up to Feb 29. GGRAsia
  9. MGM China has announced it will waive 15 days of basic rent for the period of February 5 to 19 for all retail tenants inside the MGM Macau and MGM Cotai properties. MDT.
  10. Macau junket king Alvin Chau has topped the coronavirus outbreak donations list among Macau gaming operators, which now totals over MOP200 million. IAG.

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Previous update:

07/02/2020

  1. As of 4 pm, Guangdong had reported 1034 confirmed cases related to the virus, adding 64 new infections today. Most came in the two megacities: Shenzhen has 339 (+23), Guangzhou 285 (+15), Zhuhai 76 (+1), Foshan 59 (+2), Dongguan 53 (+6), Zhongshan 46 (+2), Huizhou 39 (+4), Zhaoqing 14 (+0), and Jiangmen 14 (+5), according to the Guangdong Health Commission. The province reported its first death of the coronavirus this morning, a 55-year-old man in Zhaoqing with pre-existing diabetes, who had contact with people visiting Wuhan. So far, 74 cases in the province have been discharged, while another 3,522 people with close contacts to the patients are under medical observation. GDN
  2. Macau’s residents that have been to the mainland in the prior 14 days will be subjected to Hong Kong’s new quarantine measures announced today. GOV
  3. A Las Vegas Sands executive has voiced his concerns that the casino closure could last for as long as two months. MDT
  4. The World Health Organization has expressed its sadness at the death of Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to raise the alarm on the coronavirus yet was reprimanded by local security officials. Beijing has dispatched a team from the National Supervisory Commission to investigate. XINHUA
  5. Melco Resorts has decided to end its bid for its former partner, Crown Australia, and will focus on “core” investments in Macau, the Philippines, Cyprus and Japan.  MI
  6. Five hotels have paused operations, including Grand Harbour Hotel, Four Seasons Macau, St. Regis Macau, Conrad Macau and Sofitel Macau. TDM
  7. MGM China has donated MOP 20 Million to fight the coronavirus. MI
  8. The Macao government has decided to give civil servants next week off as well. TDM
  9. Wynn Resorts Ltd has reported operating revenue of US$1.12 billion in the three months to 31 December 2019, a decline of 13.8%. But more eye-catching is how much money the company is burning through every day while its doors are closed. MI

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Previous update:

06/02/2020

  1. Two Macau SAR passport holders are on board a cruise ship that has been left stranded at a Japanese port in Yokohama, the Health Bureau (SSM) confirmed yesterday. MDT
  2. Demand for Macau casino gambling could make a strong recovery in the second half of the year, provided China’s coronavirus outbreak can be controlled soon, says a report from Sanford C. Bernstein and Co LLC on the macroeconomic outlook for Asian consumer sectors. GGRAsia
  3. The government yesterday transported tents and other facilities to be set up as a triage station outside the emergency room of the Kiang Wu Hospital, to prevent people at risk from entering and causing an outbreak. It began today. MDN
  4. SJM has donated MOP20 million to aid the efforts in Hubei. IAG
  5. The government has urged employers to provide proper accommodation for their domestic helpers, and avoid having them go out to work. TDM
  6. Community broadcasts over loudspeakers and LED screens have been put into use from 10am today, urging citizens to stay at home. TDM
  7. Sands China has pledged MOP 25 Million to fight the coronavirus outbreak: MOP20m for Hubei and MOP5m for Macau. MI
  8. The first coronavirus patient confirmed in Macau has recovered and was discharged today. TDM
  9. As of 12noon today, Guangdong had reported 970 confirmed cases related to the virus, adding 26 new infections today. Most came in the two megacities: Shenzhen has 316 (+2), Guangzhou 270 (+15), Foshan 57 (+7), Shantou21 (+1), Zhaoqing 14(+1), according to the Guangdong Health Commission. So far, 52 cases in the province had been discharged, while another 3,530 people with close contacts to the patients are under medical observation. GDN

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Previous update:

05/02/2020

  1. Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng issued an open letter today stating that Macao’s epidemic prevention and inflammation has entered a more severe and difficult stage. He hopes that various departments, medical institutions and all sectors of the community will work together to ensure that the society restores stability and order and strives for an early return to normal. Read more.
  2. In the next 7 to 10 days, the peak of the epidemic situation may occur, and there is no need to worry about Macau’s abundant supplies. Read more.
  3. Guangdong issued guidance on emergency law enforcement for epidemic prevention and control, and added responsibility for concealing false reports, interfering with prevention and control, driving up prices, and spreading rumors, etc. Read more.
  4. Sun Yanrong, deputy director of the Biological Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology, expects the American medicine (Remdesivir) in clinical trials to achieve a good effect, and the batch of drugs will arrive in China. Read more.
  5. Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and member of the high-level expert group of the National Health and Medical Commission, Li Lanjuan’s team, announced the latest research results published in Wuhan for the treatment of coronavirus indicate that two drugs, Arbidol and Darunavir can effectively inhibit coronavirus. Read more.

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Previous update:

04/02/2020

  1. Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng reiterated that he would not close the customs and suspended the gaming industry for half a month. Read more.
  2. Hong Kong will now close four major ports.  Read more.
  3. A new case of coronavirus infection was confirmed in Macao today. The patient is a 59-year-old male and a Macao resident. Up to now, the number of confirmed cases in Macao has increased to 10. Read more.
  4. The University of Macau has developed a new rapid test kit for 2019 nCov, which can detect patients in incubation period and produce results in 30 minutes.  Read more.
  5. From December 1 to the present, there are 161 people from Hubei Province who have not left Macau after entering the country.  Read more.
  6. Thailand has announced an effective new coronavirus drug. The prescription is made by using government-run medical organizations to treat AIDS and supplemented with drugs to treat the flu. Read more.

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Previous update:

03/02/2020

  1. The latest progress of scientific and technological research on China’s epidemic situation: 3 kinds of therapeutic drugs have been initially selected. Read more.
  2. The first confirmed case of the  coronavirus  in the United States improved rapidly after using a new antiviral drug (Remdesivir), and the drug company said it was working with the Chinese health department. Read more.
  3. The eighth confirmed case of the coronavirus in Macau, the first local infection. Read more.
  4. The latest accumulated 51 cases of the coronavirus in Zhuhai, they have been to these places. Read more.

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Previous update:

01/31/2020

  1. WHO declares the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and emphasizes not recommending travel and trade restrictions. Read more.
  2. Wen Yumei, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said: “There are at most 20 days to a month, and we will see an inflection point.” Read more.
  3. The Macau government announced Thursday that it has decided to extend the current Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays for the city’s school pupils and university students until further notice. Read more.

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Previous update:

01/30/2020

  1. Although two new suspected cases were reported, no new coronavirus cases were confirmed yesterday in Macau, and the seven confirmed cases have no fever and are all mild, the government says. Read more.
  2. Confirmed cases of coronavirus-infected pneumonia on the mainland have exceeded the number of confirmed cases of SARS in 2003. Read more
  3. Three drugs can inhibit the new coronavirus: ramidivir or lendesivir, chloroquine, ritonavir. Its subsequent clinical use is undergoing related procedures for approval. Read more.
  4. The government has taken over Pousada Marina Infante Hotel to place Hubei tourists in Macau. Read more. It meanwhile continues its search for 237 others. Read more. But no person from Hubei has entered Macau since the early hours of January 27. Read more.
  5. Macau’s outbound sea, land and air transportation and city bus services have been drastically revamped. Sea journeys between Hong Kong’s Kowloon and Tuen Mun to Macau’s outer port and Taipa have been reduced. Read more. Casino shuttle buses have been reduced. Read more.
  6. The second round of mask supply for Macao residents will begin next Sunday (February 2). Li Weicheng, Medical Director of Peak Hospital, said that all qualified persons can purchase ten masks again at the beginning of the new round of the plan. Read more.
  7. Visitor arrivals to Macau during the Chinese New Year holiday period are – according to the latest data available – down by 89 percent from a year earlier. Read more.
  8. Sands China COO Rob Goldstein says the coronavirus ‘storm will pass, issue is when’, and he believes demand will bounce back strongly. Read more.
  9. Melco Resorts has donated $20 million to a government-led initiative to help combat the spread of the coronavirus in Hubei and Wuhan. Read more.
  10. No casino operator has forced staff to take unpaid leave, according to the DICJ, and the Labor Bureau has not received any enquiries from staff on related matters. Read more.
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