Macao: Gambling mecca Macau still empty amid coronavirus outbreak

The streets of China's gambling mecca Macao appeared deserted on Saturday due to a 15-day shutdown of the city's 41 casinos during the coronavirus outbreak. Many banks are closed and very few guests can be seen in the once busy casino hub, turning Macao into a ghost town rather than a city with a population of 600,000. One of the few Macao residents brave enough to step out into the streets, Xu... Еще Jianming, said there was very little activity during the first few days of the shutdown, which began on February 4. «Also, the weather was quite cold during those days, so there were very few people out,» he added. At bus stops, warnings were printed reminding members of the public to wear facemasks while using public transport. The government is seeking to curb the spread of the virus, now also referred to as COVID-19. So far, the Special Administrative Territory has 10 confirmed cases of the illness, 7 from the epicentre Wuhan and 3 from Macao. There have been no novel cases since February 4. The novel coronavirus has claimed 1,527 lives so far and infected more than 67,188 worldwide.

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