The Chinese government has locked down the central city of Wuhan and its 11m residents, blocking all rail and commercial air travel out of the city in a sharp escalation of the coronavirus crisis that threatens to affect land-based gambling throughout Asia.
The risk posed by the latest dangerous infection to emerge from China appears to be mounting, with Macau reporting its second confirmed case of Wuhan pneumonia in two days and warning it could close the city’s casinos if the situation deteriorates.
Amid international media estimates of thousands more cases than the official count, the state-run Xinhua news agency said that people in Wuhan would not be permitted to leave the city “without a special reason” for an indefinite period, starting 10am on Thursday.
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