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Macau locks down Lisboa due to Covid outbreak

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
Macau has locked down the Grand Lisboa hotel and casino, citing Covid concerns, as cases mount in the Asian gambling hub.

Liz Lam Tong Hou of the Macao Government Tourism Office announced the news in the novel coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre press conference. In total, 17 buildings across the region have been closed off due to similar outbreaks.

In the region, 146 new infections were reported on Wednesday – bringing the total to more than 1,000 cases since June; more than 14,000 are in quarantine throughout the city.

The resort’s owner, SJM Holdings, said in a statement on Wednesday that it would “continue to implement strict containment measures, as the health and safety of all guests and employees represent its top priorities”.

The news comes soon after the Macau legislature approved major reforms to casino regulations.

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