Gambling and travel data from various Asian jurisdictions highlight the catastrophic impact of COVID-19 and the measures taken to tackle it.

China’s lottery sales fell to almost zero in February 2020. In Macau, April’s gaming revenues fell by 97% from the same month last year.

Travel data from South Korea and Singapore show similar slumps in 2020. Monthly visitors to Singapore were just 240,000 in March 2020, when usual figures are over 1.4 million. Chinese visitors to South Korea were also negligible in March 2020, when compared to usual levels.

It is not that this trend is surprising. It is to be entirely expected when borders are closed, lockdowns are in force and gambling venues are shut. But the initial statistics do at least start to put specific figures on the measures and what is likely to replicated in other parts of the world which closed down later.