Three cities in China impose partial lockdowns and close casinos in Macau

At least three Chinese cities have imposed partial lockdowns, and gambling hub Macau has closed its casinos for the second time since the pandemic began as authorities tried to quell the latest coronavirus outbreaks.

In mainland China, the cities of Xi’an, Lanzhou and Haikou have imposed partial lockdowns, closed non-essential businesses and introduced mass testing, placing restrictions on several million residents.

In Macau, the semi-autonomous Chinese city, authorities have also closed non-essential businesses, including 42 casinos that are the main engines of the city’s economy, and have asked residents to stay at home other than to buy food.

The latest measures follow lockdowns in Shanghai and Beijing, where millions of people were chained to their homes earlier this year as China dealt with the largest outbreak of the virus. The new cases emerged in Shanghai just a month after the citywide lockdown was lifted, prompting officials to order many residents to be tested in what may have been a precursor to stricter restrictions.

China stupid strategy to eliminate the disease wherever it appears, it has economic and social consequences. That means shutting down apartment buildings, neighborhoods, or even entire cities for days or weeks to eradicate at least a few cases. And this has led to a significant slowdown in economic growth, which is being felt around the world due to the disruption of supply chains.

Macau’s 680,000 residents are relatively safe from the virus. He reported two deaths and fewer than 2,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in 2020, according to the government.

In recent weeks, the government has already closed parts of the city, as well as banks, government buildings, parks and swimming pools. All residents had to pass the stages of mandatory testing.

But so far, Macau has avoided closing casinos, which were last closed in February 2020, for 15 days due to economic fallout. Shares of casino operating companies fell on Monday.

On Sunday, a health official in Shanghai said the first case of the Omicron sub-variant, BA.5.2.1, had been detected in the financial center. The news prompted more mandatory testing orders for residents in several areas of the city, which have yet to be accepted. recover from the psychological scars of strict quarantines earlier this year.

A rare case of cholera unrelated to the coronavirus has been reported at Wuhan University. The patient, a graduate student, is isolated in a hospital. Medical authorities have tested healthcare workers who came into contact with the patient for a bacterial disease that is transmitted through water or food and causes severe diarrhea.

Five cases of cholera were reported in China last year, according to government figures.