The Chinese gambling enclave of Macao on Saturday (July 16) extended its strict lockdown by five days as it grapples with the biggest outbreak of COVID-19 in over two years.
Authorities said that industries and commercial companies will remain closed until July 23. The lockdown, which began July 11, had initially been set to expire Sunday (July 18).
As part of the lockdown, authorities have suspended dine-in services and ordered all residents to avoid leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary. Those who need to go out must wear KN95 masks or similar.
The city recorded 31 infections on Friday (July 15). Since its latest outbreak that began June 18, the city has reported roughly 1,700 COVID-19 cases.