China: Lockdown imposed on popular tourist destination to stop the outbreak of the coronavirus

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Lockdown imposed on popular tourist destination in the south China, in an effort to stop the outbreak of the coronavirus. Authorities announced that the restrictions in the coastal city of Sanya were in effect from today, without specifying when they would be lifted.

The situation is characterized as “very serious”, as a result of which movements will be restricted, and there will also be a suspension of routes on the means of public transport.

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“We call on citizens and tourists to show understanding and support”the authorities said in a statement on the WeChat platform.

The city on Hainan Island reported 263 cases of COVID. Authorities said they had identified Omicron’s BA.5.1.3 sub-variant.

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The lockdown is enforced during the high tourist season for the city, known for its duty-free shops and large international chain hotels such as IHG and Marriott International.

Vice Mayor He Xigang told state-run CCTV that there are about 80,000 tourists in the city. Those wishing to leave Sanya should have two negative PCR tests within 48 hours.

The city authorities began to impose measures lockdown in some areas on Thursday. Most areas, including shopping malls with duty-free shops that are very popular among Chinese who cannot travel abroad, were closed yesterday.

In total, 310 cases of local transmission of Covid-19 were recorded in mainland China yesterday, as announced today by the National Health Commission. No deaths due to complications from Covid-19 were reported, with the country’s total death toll remaining at 5,226.

Source: News Beast

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