News wrap: 3/25/2020

  1. The Grand Harbour Hotel has become the ninth designated for medical observation starting from today (March 25). It has 90 rooms. GOV. MGTO official Ines Chan, speaking at the daily press briefing, said other hotels have been offered as quarantine sites, and the MGTO was now evaluating them for environmental suitability.
  2. Arrivals from Hong Kong and Taiwan have dropped 96% and 92%, respectively, since the government tightened its border restrictions yesterday.
  3. Macau confirmed four more Covid-19 imported cases today, adding to one reported late yesterday. The most recent is a visitor from Australia who came into Macau before restrictions tightened and then couldn’t get out again once Hong Kong banned foreigners from entering via the HZMB. The rest are locals returning from overseas. Here is our Covid-19 Tracker, which lists all currently hospitalized cases, with travel history.  
  4. The government has ordered suspension of activity at a worksite for Phase 3 expansion of Galaxy Macau, pending an investigation, after three people died and four were injured in an incident there on Tuesday. GGRA 
  5. It has been confirmed that Macau residents cannot travel via the Hong Kong International Airport without undergoing a 14-day quarantine period. MDT
  6. The HZMB shuttle bus services between Hong Kong and Macau have been suspended. TDM 
  7. In response to the spread of COVID-19 epidemic in Portugal, the Consulates of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong and a number of Portuguese in Macau spontaneously organized the Macao Solidarity Commission. The Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng, met their representatives at the Government Headquarters. GOV 
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