DAILY NEWS WRAP

  1. Macau has confirmed two new imported Covid-19 cases: the sixth active case (16th since the start) is a 19-year-old female student returned from the UK. She traveled with four other people from London to Singapore and then onto Hong Kong before arriving in Macau via the bridge connecting the two territories. Three of her travel companions returned to Macau, while one has opted to remain in Hong Kong. The 17th case is the 11-year-old son of the 14th case, a 42-year-old woman from Indonesia related to an Indonesian non-resident worker. The child is presently without symptoms. GOV
  2. Non-resident workers from countries other than China are now prohibited from re-entering Macau. Those who are residents of the mainland, Hong Kong or Taiwan, may re-enter, but if they have been to another country they will need to be quarantined for 14 days. GOV
  3. The Education Bureau has decided to postpone the resumption of schools and will announce a new date soon. Tertiary institutions’ resumption plans will not be affected, TDM
  4. The government has halved its forecast for GGR this year, to MOP130 billion (US$16.3 billion), down from a projectionof MOP260 billion, announced in November. GGRA.
  5. Starting today, the 326-room Regency Art Hotel joins the Golden Crown China Hotel and Pousada Marina Infante in welcoming guests that have chosen to cross the border and go into mandatory 14-day quarantine. A fourth hotel will be named soon.
  6. The Guangdong government has transferred jurisdiction over the Macau side of the new Hengqin Port to the SAR government. This is only the first phase of the transfer, however. Macau’s area includes part of the immigration checkpoint building where Macau’s counters and electronic gates are located, the related entry-exit area, and the access area leading to the Lotus Bridge, which used to be under the jurisdiction of Guangdong. MDT
  7. Nearly 94% of the 15,000 key manufacturing firms surveyed by the government in Guangdong have resumed work, according to the provincial human resources and social security department. More than 83% of employees in the sector have returned, with labor shortages mostly for general workers, including equipment operators, packaging workers and tally clerks. SCN
  8. Trivium China’s “back to work” index shows 100% of Guangdong’s leading companies (those with revenues above 20 million yuan) have resumed normal operations. Trivium
  9. Leading jeweler Luk Fook Group says its overall sales fell 50% in the first two months of this year, with Hong Kong and Macau down 52.8% and the mainland down 37.1%. MDN
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