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MOP60 mln spent on quarantine hotels – Gov’t

The Macau Government spent more than MOP60 million (US$7.5 million) until mid-May on hotels used for mandatory 14-day quarantine as a preventive measure against the Covid-19, it was announced today (Friday).

Since mid-March, Macau has imposed a mandatory quarantine on almost everyone who crosses borders, taking them to hotels designated by the authorities. More than 2,000 people were isolated in 12 hotels, leaving only one with almost 300 rooms.

The information was provided at the daily monitoring conference for the novel coronavirus.

Beginning in January, Macau registered a first wave of ten cases. After 40 days without identifying new cases, the city detected 35 more from March 15, all of them imported.

Macau today completed the 44 consecutive days without registering new infections, and there is currently no active case.

Globally, according to a balance sheet by the news agency France-Presse (AFP), the Covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than five million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.8 million patients were considered cured.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent became the one with the most confirmed cases (almost 2.3 million versus nearly two million on the European continent), although with fewer deaths (about 135 thousand against more than 170 thousand).

To combat the pandemic, governments sent 4.5 billion people home (more than half of the planet’s population), paralyzing entire sectors of the world economy, in a “great confinement” that several countries have already begun to alleviate in the face of declining prices. new contagions.