Nearly 80,000 tourists are stranded at the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya after authorities declared it a COVID-19 hot spot and imposed a lockdown
Beijing– Around 80,000 tourists are stranded at the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya after authorities declared it a COVID-19 hot spot and imposed a lockdown.
The ban came into force on Saturday morning, as authorities sought to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the city on the tropical Hainan island. 229 cases were reported on Friday and an additional 129 on Saturday.
China’s ruling Communist Party rests firmly on a “zero-Covid” approach that is increasingly at odds with the rest of the world. A recent outbreak in Shanghai spread so widely that authorities locked down China’s largest city for two months, leaving millions trapped and the national economy in tatters.
Railway authorities banned the sale of all tickets in Sanya, while all flights were also canceled on Saturday.
Tourists wishing to depart Sanya will have to test negative for coronavirus On five PCR tests in seven days, the officials said.
Meanwhile, hotels will offer 50% discount to guests during the lockdown period, a city official said during a news briefing.
The lockdown comes during a peak tourist season in Sanya, which is famous for its resorts and beaches.