MGM announces relief plan to shore up SME cash flow

MGM China has announced new relief measures designed to shore up small businesses in Macau reeling from the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The new measures, dubbed the “first-of-their-kind” by

NO GOING OUT, NO CROWDING | Government urges caution as business, tourism services resume

TODAY sees the full resumption of government offices and entertainment venues across the city after a suspension in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, but the Health Bureau (SSM) maintains its

Parish churches to partially open with new guidelines

THE Macau Diocese will partially reopen parish churches starting Saturday, March 7, with followers instructed to adhere to a set of guidelines to limit the potential spread of the Covid-19

Gross gaming revenue suffers record plunge from virus blow

GROSS gaming revenue reported a record drop in Macau last month, down 87.8% from a year earlier, according to data from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. Macau revenue amounted

Tourism, health chiefs inspect leisure venues about to reopen

The director of the Macao Government Tourism Office, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, and the director of the Health Bureau, Lei Chin Ion, inspected several entertainment venues on Saturday to

Briefs | Travel warnings issued for Italy, South Korea

The Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) has issued a travel warning for both Italy and South Korea amid notable outbreaks of Covid-19 in both countries. However, Japan and Iran, which

Lawyers say ‘force majeure’ clauses may exempt businesses from honoring contracts

BUSINESS contracts signed prior to the coronavirus outbreak may not be fulfilled, according to two local lawyers, because of their inclusion of a ‘force majeure’ clause, designed to remove liability

SME relief measures dubbed inefficient and lacking exceptionality

The government’s financial support measures directed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been dubbed inefficient and inconsistent for lacking the exceptionality that the current economic situation demands. This is an

Macau to repatriate 50 residents from China’s Hubei Province

THE Macau government will start the repatriation of Macau residents from Hubei Province this coming weekend, the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center announced yesterday, alongside the details of the

Chinese economy seen headed for deeper contraction on factory drop

  CHINA’S economy could be heading for a worse-than-expected first-quarter contraction after the country’s manufacturing sector reported activity was at a record low in February due to the coronavirus outbreak. The

Australia’s first virus death was Diamond Princess passenger

A 78-year-old man with coronavirus died in a Perth hospital, marking Australia’s first fatality, after returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan last month. The

Syria says two warplanes downed by Turkey as tensions soar

SYRIA’S official news agency said two of its warplane were shot down by Turkish forces inside northwest Syria, amid a military escalation there that’s led to growing direct clashes between

This Day in History | 1956 – King of Jordan Sacks British general

King Hussein of Jordan has sacked the British commander of the Arab Legion in what is being seen as an effort to strengthen his own position within the Arab world.

Beijing 2022 organizers say on-track despite virus outbreak

ORGANIZERS of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games say they are on track to complete all competition venues by year-end and have teams in place for test events, despite the

The Buzz | Chinese man sentenced to die for murders at virus roadblock

A driver who fatally stabbed two people guarding a virus-control roadblock in southwestern China was sentenced to death yesterday, a state news agency reported. The report was a rare sign

Hong Kong tycoon Lai arrested in fresh crackdown on activists

Hong Kong media tycoon and a prominent democracy advocate Jimmy Lai, who has long denounced as a traitor by Chinese state media, was among activists swept up in a fresh

World Briefs

JAPAN The last group of about 130 crew members got off the Diamond Princess on yesterday, vacating the contaminated cruise ship and ending Japan's much criticized quarantine that left more

World Views | The US fed’s response to the coronavirus doesn’t go far enough

Both the Federal Reserve and the White House are considering emergency measures to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus. These are the right responses, but they don’t go far

Monday, March 2, 2020 – edition no. 3483

  * Hubei rescue mission * Macau will attempt to repatriate 50 local residents as the city prepares for the worst-case scenario: a wave of new infections * ‘No going out, no crowding’

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