Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng, led Saturday Government officials to stand in a three-minute silence, in tribute to the victims in China of the novel coronavirus and its associated infection Covid-19, a note from GCS reads.
“The silence tribute in Macau is a part of a national mourning in compliance with arrangements guided by the State Council,” it adds.
The ceremony in Macau was held at 10 a.m. at the Government Headquarters prior to a work meeting chaired by the Chief Executive. The Secretary for Administration and Justice, Cheong Weng Chon; the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong; the Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak; the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Elsie Ao Ieong U; the Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Raimundo do Rosário; and the Chief-of-Office of the Chief Executive’s Office, Hoi Lai Fong, took part in the silence tribute.
The public in Macau, the government says, also “observed a three-minute silence this morning. This is in order for the Macau community as a whole to express its condolences regarding those who lost their lives amid the Covid-19 pandemic.”
In addition, the national flag, along with the flag of the Macau SAR, displayed at the Government Headquarters and the Golden Lotus Square, were lowered to half-mast Saturday to mourn the Covid-19 victims.
According to the source, the instruction applied on all buildings of the Government; on buildings of legislative and judicial bodies; and at representative offices abroad. School premises and public facilities also took part in the gesture of mourning.
Public recreational activities, and of any events intended to be of either a celebratory or festive nature scheduled on Saturday were due to be suspended as suggested in the State Council notice, GCS said in the statement.