Pangolins a potential intermediate host of novel coronavirus: study

The genome sequence of the novel coronavirus strain separated from pangolins was 99 percent identical to that from infected people, indicating pangolins may be an intermediate host of the

Daily press conference updates: Gov’t extended public servants work exemption until Feb 16

The SAR government has once again extended the work exemption of civil servants until February 16, as announced on its daily press conference today (Friday). Until then, governmental public departments will

Xinhua: Xi talks with Trump over phone on novel coronavirus outbreak

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke over phone with U.S. President Donald Trump this morning (Friday). Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, the Chinese government and people have been making

Casinos lose millions and ditch deals as virus shuts down Macau

The SJM Holdings Ltd. casino turned them off on the first day of a 15-day shutdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, a glaring exhibit of the crisis facing the world’s

Chinese medicine experts offer opinions on protection against coronavirus

Three experts from the University of Macau’s (UM) Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS) talk about how to prevent novel coronavirus from three perspectives: immunology, virology, and Chinese medical sciences. Chen

New virus has infected more than 31,400 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 31,400 people globally. The latest figures reported by health authorities as of Friday in Beijing: — China: 636 deaths and 31,161

Chinese doctor who warned of virus dies, stoking fresh anger online

A Chinese doctor who was initially sanctioned for warning about the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in early January has died, stoking fresh anger online at the Communist Party-led government.For

Coronavirus patient recovers

The first confirmed coronavirus patient in Macau was discharged from hospital yesterday after more than two weeks of treatment. The 52-year-old businesswoman from Wuhan arrived in Macau on the morning of

Briefs | 160 prosecutions for spitting recorded this year

  Since the beginning of the year, the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) has recorded a total of 160 prosecutions for spitting in public places, the bureau announced yesterday. Since the outbreak

HK microbiologist worried about status quo

As Hong Kong introduces stricter restrictions on those entering from the mainland, Yuen Kwok Yung, a top Hong Kong microbiologist and professor at the University of Hong Kong, has indicated

Where to draw the line with self-study? Mainland and Macau instructions differ

With the announcement of school re-openings being indefinitely postponed, the motherland’s education authority and Macau’s education authority have given different instructions to teachers, students and parents regarding whether students should

Macau donations to mainland unaffected by charity scandal revelations

Local associations in Macau are donating hundreds of millions to Hubei province even after corruption within Hubei province’s government-owned Red Cross was exposed. It was found that the body diverted

LVS warns casino closure could last for two months

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) president and chief operating officer Robert Goldstein has said that the two-week closure of the city’s 41 casinos could last up to two months, six weeks

Gaming | Expert says layoffs in smaller junket firms possible

Layoffs at smaller junket operators is a possibility if the coronavirus epidemic persists, an industry representative has said. This week, the government appealed to casino operators to neither reduce employees’ salaries

Fitch affirms casino operators can absorb closure impact

Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has warned that the 15-day closure of Macau casinos is “going to have a meaningful, immediate impact to cash flows for the Macau casino operators,”

Second worker comes forward after falling for ‘layoffs letter’ trick

A second worker has come forward to accuse his former employer, the operator of a sauna and nightclub located in Hotel Fortuna in ZAPE area, of tricking him into signing

Virus hits HK insurers already reeling from protests

For Hong Kong insurers, the coronavirus outbreak is a second blow. Already reeling from at-times violent demonstrations that slowed the flood of Chinese travelers - one of the biggest sources of

Shortage rumors spark toilet paper panic buying

Hong Kong has been struggling with a shortage of face masks to protect against the coronavirus outbreak. Now it could be facing a run on toilet paper. Toilet rolls were unavailable

Hong Kong stocks nearly recover post-holiday losses

Hong Kong stocks are just one strong day from erasing the rest of their post-Lunar New Year decline, as investors continue to shed their worry about the coronavirus in China. The

Yum China falls after Pizza Hut lags

Yum China Holdings Inc. fell after Pizza Hut comparable sales missed analysts’ estimates and the company said the coronavirus outbreak will “materially affect” this year’s profit and sales. Same-store sales company-wide

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