February 4, 2020 / 5:56 AM / 5 months ago

Macau to suspend casino operations for 2 weeks to curb spread of virus

HONG KONG, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub, said on Tuesday it had asked all casino operators to suspend operations for two weeks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

The announcement by Macau's chief executive Ho Iat Seng came as the former Portuguese colony reported 10 confirmed cases of the virus and tight restrictions on movements in and out of the Chinese territory.

Residents have been instructed to wear masks when travelling around the city and been advised to stay home as much as possible.

Ho said he would be speaking to casino owners to discuss the closures. No immediate details were given as to when the suspension would begin. (Reporting by Farah Master and Twinnie Siu; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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