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Vietnam discovers “very dangerous” Covid variant

The government of Vietnam announced over the weekend that it has detected a new Covid variant spreading in the country which it says is "very dangerous."
Pandemic accelerated shift to cashless payments

Pandemic accelerated shift to cashless payments

More data is coming in to verify what many observers already believed to be the case; that the year of the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated public acceptance of cashless payments, including in places such as Hong Kong and Macau.
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Global air traffic down by almost two-thirds in 2020

According to the latest estimate of the Airports Council International (ACI) World, the final figures for the year 2020 will show that global air traffic was down about 64.2 percent compared to the previous year.

Macau GDP down 67.8 percent in Q2

Macau’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dropped by 67.8 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, according to the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC). According...

Hong Kong reinstitutes strict Covid-19 social distancing rules

A recent spike in new cases has provoked Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to reinstitute strict Covid-19 social distancing rules, reducing the size...

WHO chief warns no return to pre-Covid normal “for the foreseeable future”

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Monday that those governments and others who are growing optimistic that the global Covid-19 pandemic is now...

Hong Kong extends Covid-19 quarantine measures to August 7

The government of Hong Kong has decided to extend the compulsory two-week quarantine for travelers from Macau, China, and Taiwan for an additional month...

Macau government subsidizes domestic tourism

From Wednesday the Macau government is launching a temporary program to subsidize domestic tourism within the territory. The project is called “Macao Ready Go! Local...

Macau government to launch special Hong Kong airport ferry service

The government of Macau has announced that it will launch a special ferry service between Taipa Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong International Airport beginning...

Macau hotels had average occupancy rate of 12.9 percent in April

The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) has confirmed the dire state of the hotel industry in Macau, noting that the Covid-19 impacts reduced the...

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