Casino employees in Macau are vulnerable to contagious diseases as they interact with customers from across the globe on a day to day basis. Casinos in the world’s biggest gambling market are on alert following an outbreak of viral pneumonia in Wuhan, which is the capital city of Hubei province in central China.
As a significant majority of visitors in Macau are from mainland China and with several direct flights from Wuhan to Macau operating every day, the casino employees in the city are at a higher risk.
Taking preemptive measures the city’s health bureau has asked casinos to install “temperature-screening devices” at the entrance of the gambling facilities. This is to check the body temperature of the patrons.
According to the reports, the health bureau has confirmed that there are about 60 people in Macau who have been diagnosed with an unknown virus that’s yet to be decoded. The little that is known as of now is that it an unknown form of pneumonia.
The outbreak has been said to have taken place in the city’s seafood market. The market was shut down on January 1 to restrict the infection. The infected people are in a critical condition, however, they have been quarantined.
Apart from Macau, in neighboring Hong Kong 17 cases of the virus infection have been reported. The suspects infected with the virus are said to have returned from Wuhan in China.
Recently, Macau’s casino workers took to the streets demanding better working conditions. One of their important demands was to ensure better health conditions for casino workers.
However, the city’s gambling regulator has pledged better health facilities for Macau’s casino workers. Last year, several casino workers in Macau had come under the impact of the rubella virus breakout.