Macau hotel locked down amid COVID-19 outbreak, 700 people inside in quarantine

Macau hotel locked down amid COVID-19 outbreak, 700 people inside in quarantine

A hotel and casino resort in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau has been locked down by authorities with 700 people inside, due to a coronavirus infection outbreak on the property.

The lockdown comes as the Chinese special administrative region carries out a two-day mass testing of its more than 600,000 population after dozens of locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered over the weekend.

Footage obtained by local broadcaster TDM and industry publications showed police officers in protective gear sealing the complex to prevent people from entering or leaving.

Government officials were also preparing COVID-19 tests for the hundreds of people inside.

Fortuna, an aged, gaudy property located on Macau’s main peninsula, is a satellite casino under the umbrella of SJM Holdings, the entity created by former Macau kingpin Stanley Ho.

Its casino was headed by local businessman Sio Tak Hong, who was arrested last year for alleged corruption and money laundering.

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