In Macau and a prominent local academic has reportedly suggested that the enclave could help to mitigate some of the adverse consequences of the recent coronavirus pandemic by legalizing online gambling.

According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, Zhonglu Zeng is a professor at the Macao Polytechnic Institute’s Gaming Teaching and Research Centre and revealed that the time is now right for the local government to conduct research into the feasibility of licensing small-turnover social gaming and betting operations.