About 80,000 tourists are stuck in the city of Sanya on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. Authorities put a lockdown on Saturday after hundreds of new COVID-19 cases were discovered. Tourists will be able to leave only after seven days of testing.
Officials described the situation as “very serious” and imposed restrictions on freedom of movement in the city. Until when the restrictions will apply, tourists seeking to leave Sanya will first have to undergo five coronavirus tests within seven days.
80,000 tourists have stuck at a seaside resort in China
The sale of train tickets from Sanya has been suspended, and more than 80 percent. flights to and from this city have been canceled, the Reuters agency reported. “We appeal to residents and tourists for understanding and support,” wrote a statement published by the authorities on social media.
263 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Sanya on Friday. According to officials, a sub-variant of the coronavirus Omikron BA was detected there. 5.1.3.
Lockdown falls during the tourist season for the city, which is also famous for duty-free department stores. Deputy Mayor He Shigang told the state-owned CCTV that there were approximately 80,000 people in Sanya. tourists, although coronavirus infections were detected mainly among residents.
Officials also announced on Saturday that tourists unable to leave Sanya due to the lockdown will be able to pay half as much hotel accommodation during this time.
Most countries in the world have relaxed coronavirus restrictions after vaccinating a significant percentage of the population, but the authorities China they insist on a “zero covid” strategy and respond vigorously to even minor outbreaks of infection, aiming to completely eliminate the virus from the country.
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