The head of the Government of Macau today ordered the closing of cinemas, theaters, saunas and massage establishments, bars, nightclubs and gyms, among other spaces, to prevent the risk of contagion from the new Chinese coronavirus.
On the day that the 10th case of infection was announced and the casinos were closed for two weeks, the Chief Executive signed an order in which he lists “special measures” with effect from Wednesday.
“Cinemas, theaters, indoor amusement parks, amusement machine and video game rooms, Internet cafes, billiard and bowling games rooms, saunas and massage establishments, beauty salons, gymnasiums are closed. bodybuilding, 'health club' and 'karaoke' establishments, 'night clubs', discos, dance halls and 'cabaret' “, can be read in the dispatch.
In the same text, the closing of casinos in the world capital of the game is formalized: “the enclosures authorized for the practice of gambling activity are closed”.
At the press conference in the early afternoon, the Government of Macau had already said that the frequency of public transport will be reduced again and that all public parks will be closed.
Macau had already announced on January 24 the suspension of services, the closure of cultural and sports venues, as well as the postponement of the return to school.
In more than a dozen communications from different organizations, the authorities then made known the decision to postpone return to school, with the authorities advising private complementary pedagogical support centers and continuing education institutions to adopt the same decision.
The Social Action Institute also recommended that parents keep children at home, temporarily stopping them in daycare centers.
The Directorate of Education Services informed the suspension or postponement of all school competitions and activities carried out by that entity.
The Sports Institute also decided to close the sports facilities to the public, without putting forward a date for the reopening of those spaces.
The activity centers, facilities and interior spaces of the Institute for Municipal Affairs have also been temporarily closed, until further notice.
Likewise, the Maritime Museum, the Macao Security Forces Museum and the Fire Brigade Museum have closed their doors, as have all public libraries and cultural venues. In all cases, a reopening date is not indicated.
The services of the Alegria Environmental Centers and 17 collection points of the Green Points Program were suspended and the Macau Foundation decided to close the facilities of the Unesco Center, indefinitely.
These measures are accompanied by the obligation to wear masks on public transport and the Government's call for people to remain at home, in order to avoid the risk of contagion of the new Chinese coronavirus.
The head of the Government, Ho Iat Seng had appealed to the population in the early afternoon not to rush to supermarkets, ensuring that there is enough food in stock and hundreds of tons of products already ordered.
“You don't have to rush to buy products,” Lei Wai Nong, secretary for Economy and Finance, also asked at a new press conference in the late afternoon.
“If they do, they may contribute to more confusion in the market”, he stressed, referring that “people are not helping to prevent this epidemic” because they are in gatherings and in closed spaces.
Despite calls, the population of Macao flocked to supermarkets to buy food products, just hours after the Macau Chief Executive announced, at a press conference, exceptional measures, such as the temporary closure of casinos, to combat the outbreak of new coronavirus.
China raised the balance of the pneumonia outbreak in the country to 426 dead and more than 20,400 infected by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) detected last December in Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province, which has cities under quarantine, affecting about 56 million people.
Hong Kong this morning announced its first coronavirus-related death.
The former British territory suspended maritime links with Macau and closed almost all land and sea borders with the continent to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Only two border control posts, Shenzhen Bay and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, will remain open.
In addition to the mainland of China and the Chinese regions of Macau and Hong Kong, there are more confirmed cases of infection in 24 countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Thursday an international public health emergency situation, which presupposes the adoption of prevention and coordination measures worldwide.