New virus has infected more than 20,600 globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 20,600 people globally. The latest figures as of today (Tuesday) in Beijing: — China: 425 deaths and 20,438 confirmed cases on

Breaking News: Macau casinos to close for two weeks to curb coronavirus spread

Casinos in Macau will close for two weeks to help contain the coronavirus, Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng announced this afternoon (Tuesday) - in principle starting from Wednesday. Ho added

Briefs | Customs records 12% increase in prosecutions against smuggling

  The Macao Customs Service prosecuted more smuggling cases in 2019 than in 2018. According to official data, approximately 190 million crossings were registered in 2019 across all immigration checkpoints in

Wuhan coronavirus | Government says it is prepared for worst-case scenario

The government admitted yesterday it has already considered and prepared for a ‘worst-case scenario’ amid the coronavirus outbreak on the mainland, though it would not disclose what such a scenario

Face masks required for bus, taxi embarkation

In response to the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus believed to have originated in Wuhan city, public transportation drivers and passengers are required to wear surgical face masks while

Questions raised over temporary lodging plan for Zhuhai workers

Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, has encouraged local employers to find temporary lodging in the SAR for their workers from Zhuhai, following the discovery over the weekend

Unemployment rate holds stable ahead of virus-stricken January

  The unemployment rate mostly held stable in the final quarter of last year, the government announced yesterday. Data released yesterday by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) showed that during the

Society grapples with question: should Macau close its borders?

Border control measures have been a topic of heated discussion since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on the mainland. While several sectors of civil society have started to demand

Macau bishop calls on Catholics to follow preventive measures

The Bishop of Macau, Stephen Lee Bun-sang, has called on local Catholics to actively carry out the preventive measures prescribed by the Macau government to fight the coronavirus epidemic in

Expert reckons peak epidemic to pass within two weeks

Mainland epidemiology expert, 83-year-old Zhong Nanshan, has recently amended his prediction regarding the peak of the current coronavirus outbreak, stating that he believes it will take place within the next

Risks mount for HK after economy shrank in 2019

The hits just keep coming for Hong Kong. In 2019, there was the escalating U.S.-China trade war, which squeezed exports. Then came violent protests beginning mid-year, with street-fighting between police and

Japan | Lunar New Year department store sales plummet

Japanese department store operators saw duty free sales slump during the key Lunar New Year holiday, one of the first indications of how hard the nation’s retail sector will be

Indonesia | Chinese abandon Bali beaches leaving tourism sector bruised

With Indonesia suspending visas to Chinese citizens in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus, the country risks missing its target to lure a record number of

Built in 10 days, virus hospital takes first patients

The first patients arrived yesterday at a 1,000-bed hospital built in 10 days as part of China’s sweeping efforts to fight a new virus that is causing global alarm. Huoshenshan Hospital

Analysis | Fears of new virus trigger anti-China sentiment in Asia Pacific

A scary new virus from China has spread around the world. So has rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors and indignities for Chinese and

UK | Man wearing fake bomb stabs two in London and is shot to death

A man recently released from prison after serving time for terrorism-related offenses strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a busy London street Sunday before being shot

This Day in History | 1968 – More Kenyan Asians flee to Britain

Another 96 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya have arrived in Britain today, the latest in a growing exodus of Kenyan Asians fleeing from laws which prevent them making a living. The

Offbeat | Mathematicians, geeks celebrate rare palindrome day

Mathematicians and geeks everywhere celebrated a rare occurrence Sunday, 02/02/2020, a kind of 8-digit palindrome that hasn’t happened for more than 900 years. A palindrome is any sequence, phrase or word

Rugby Academy | Happy comeback for Bats

The first rugby festival of 2020 was held at King’s Park, Hong Kong in mid-January. The festival, hosted by Tai Po Rugby Club, saw the Macau Bats field six teams

Football | CR9: Ronaldo scores in 9th straight game to match Juve mark

Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties to tie a club record by scoring for a ninth straight game as Serie A leader Juventus bounced back from a rare loss with a

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