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Coronavirus shuts down world’s gambling capital Macau where David Beckham is set to open casino


CORONAVIRUS has shut down the world largest gambling hub Macau as authorities desperately try to contain the disease which has spread from mainland China.

The radical measures came as the Chinese territory reported 10 confirmed cases of the killer virus and imposed tight restrictions on movements.

Residents have been instructed to wear masks when travelling around the city, which is next to Hong Kong which has recorded its first coronavirus death today, and been advised to stay home as much as possible.

The Chinese gambling enclave of Macau announced it was closing casinos for two weeks as a precaution. 

Ho Iat Seng, the chief executive of the semi autonomous Chinese territory, said: "Of course this was a difficult decision, but we must do it for the health of Macau’s residents."

The territory is a big moneymaker for US casino operators Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Las Vegas Sands Corp.

As reported, David Beckham is opening his first hotel called The Londoner there in the coming weeks. 

The retired football star is working with Sands China to promote The Londoner as their brand ambassador.

Neighbouring Hong Kong reported today that a 39-year-old male who had been suffering from an underlying illness and had visited China's Wuhan city in January, hospital staff said, marking the second death outside mainland China.

The first death outside of China was reported on Sunday — a 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines after travelling there from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus.

The death toll in China rose today by a new daily record to more than 427 and total infections in China rose by 3,235 to 20,438.

There were at least 151 cases in 23 other countries and regions, including the United States, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Britain.