GGRAsia – Three workers at a Venetian Macao site have Covid: govt

Three workers at the Venetian Macao site have Covid: govt

Macau authorities have confirmed that three people working in a restaurant at the Venetian Macao resort site (pictured on file), in Cotai, have been identified as having Covid-19.

The Macau State Tourism Office (MGTO) sent a memo on Tuesday to Sands China Ltd, the operator of Venetian Macao, outlining the reality of some infections among people at the site, but did not say how many individuals were involved.

The memo said it was recommended that staff who were staying on-site at the Venetian stay where they are and avoid going into the community. He also advised all staff at the Venetian Hotel to have a daily DNA test. The injured were transferred to designated quarantine hotels.

GGRAsia approached Sands China for more information. The company said it was “strictly following” the “latest epidemic prevention measures issued by the Macao government to protect the health and safety of team members and guests.”

She added, “To combat the latest wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have expanded our response efforts, which include providing two towers respectively in the Sheraton Grand Hotel and The Parisian Macau for a total of 6,000 rooms as medical control hotels, providing Cotai Expo Halls A, B and C as a terminal. Testing operates 24 hours a day, providing workforce support at various testing stations – thus playing our part in helping fight Covid-19 and protecting our community.”

Leung Ik Ho, a senior official with the city’s health bureau, confirmed at a press conference Wednesday to Macau’s Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center that three people were infected, who were workers at the Imperial House Dim Sum Restaurant in Venetian Macau. Site.

Macau casino floors are currently closed Until at least July 18, as a counter-measure to Covid-19, but resort hotels – other than those used for official quarantine – are not covered by the closure. However, many of the non-gaming facilities at the resorts are already covered by an earlier pause ordered by the city’s chief executive.

Lao Fongzhi, a representative of MGTO, confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday that her office had sent the memo to Sands China, and that this was an advisory notice on the health management of uninfected people at Sands China-operated sites. The note covers several of the company’s properties in Cotai, including The Venetian Macao, The Londoner Macao, The Parisian Macao and the Four Seasons Hotel Macao.

Movement limits, Casa Real lock

In other developments, Ms Leung from the health office also provided some comments on the effectiveness of the current movement restrictions in Macau in terms of community transmission.

As of midnight Tuesday, the city had recorded 32 new cases within 24 hours, compared to 57 new cases in the 24 hours through midnight Monday, the first full day of community restrictions.

The total number since June 18, as of Tuesday midnight, was 1,615.

On Wednesday, referring to a strain of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Ms Leung said: “Our risk of community transmission is decreasing…but the risk remains, especially since BA.5.1 is much more contagious than previous variants that we have known.”

“If we relax, the number of cases will rise again,” she added.

Ms Leung reiterated that the government’s goal is to stick to the zero-status approach, and noted that there are currently some “hidden” transmission links in the community.

The official also said during the briefing that the Casa Real Casino Hotel on the Macau Peninsula, a satellite gaming venue under the SJM Holdings Ltd license, has been cordoned off and put under “code red” status for closure.

“Inside the property, we have so far seen three employees infected. Given their frequent contact with other employees and that they live in a dorm together, we have coded the property red and implemented control measures accordingly,” Ms. Leung stated.

Zhuhai City, in Guangdong Province, which is usually the main entry point into Macau for tourists from the Chinese mainland, has seen Motion Controls It was imposed in some areas after 27 new Covid-19 cases in a half-day on Wednesday.

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