Macau has responded to the discovery of a local family of four infected with Covid-19 by forcing the entire city of 658,000 to get tested. It has also closed all entertainment venues, except the casinos and hotels. This includes bowling alleys, massage parlours, beauty salons, fitness centres, health clubs, karaoke venues, bars, night clubs, discos and dance halls.
Around 180,000 residents have already booked their NAT tests. It is as yet unclear whether the latest measures have had a strong effect on vaccination rates. Macau has been slower than either the mainland or Hong Kong at dispensing vaccines, despite the small size of the city. Around 37% of the population have received both jabs. The latest lockdown measures do not differentiate between those and the unvaccinated.
Gaming stocks listed in Hong Kong plunged for a second day on the news. They are now mostly below their lows seen soon after the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in February 2020.
More at Macaunews.org