The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) hinted over the weekend that it might resume schools before Guangdong reaches 14 days of zero new COVID-19 cases. “The best scenario is to have no new cases in the whole world. However, it seems that is not possible,” Lei Chin Ion, director of the Health Bureau (SSM) said. “If we insist on waiting for that day, perhaps all students will never have the chance to return to school.” Lei emphasized that the government’s strategy would constantly be adjusted to suit the situation. “A society that doesn’t operate will severely affect people’s daily life,” he said. MDT
SMEs face a lower hurdle now to qualify for government assistance: they need be in operation only one year, not two, as was required previously. The maximum loan amount they can receive and repay over eight years remains MOP600,000. GOV
Fifty-seven people who were rescued by the Macau government from Hubei have tested negative for COVID-19. GOV
Macau has added Japan, Germany, France and Spain to its list of “high-prevalence” countries for COVID-19, with all arrivals who have visited any of the four in the past two weeks required to enter quarantine for 14 days as of midday tomorrow (March 10). Those arriving in the meantime will be required to undergo a six to eight-hour medical observation upon arrival. GOV
The total face value of counterfeit gaming chips detected either in use or attempted use within Macau during 2019 reached nearly HK$18.5 million, the highest tally in the past three years. GGRA
The University of Macau has jumped 56 places to rank 387th in the newly released QS World University Rankings. MDT
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