ISLAMABAD, Aug 09 (Alliance News): As many as 80,000 tourists are stranded in the resort town known as the ‘Hawaii of China’ after authorities imposed strict travel restrictions due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
According to foreign media, the tourist resort of Sanya, a city of more than 1 million people in the southern island of Hainan, reported 483 Covid cases on Sunday, and all flights out of the city were canceled for the weekend. Officials also stopped the sale of train tickets.
Tourists who want to visit must show negative tests in five PCR tests in seven days, an official said during a news briefing on Saturday, adding that hotels in the city have been asked to stay away from travelers until they travel. Restrictions are not relaxed, they offer 50% discount to guests.
China is the only major economy still sticking to a zero-tolerance strategy against Covid, including snap lockdowns and prolonged quarantines, which has hurt domestic tourism.
The country’s borders have also been largely closed since early 2020, hurting international tourism.
The latest outbreak of Corona has occurred at a time when tourism is booming in Sanya.
All entertainment venues including spas, karaoke bars and pubs have been closed since last week but essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies are open.