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COVID strands 80,000 tourists in SanyaOUS News

The southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot, leaving 80,000 people stranded under a lockdown.

The restrictions took effect on Saturday morning as authorities tried to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city on the tropical Hainan Island.

There were 229 confirmed cases on Friday and an additional 129 cases on Saturday.

China’s ruling Communist Party is steadfastly committed to a “zero-Covid” approach that is increasingly at odds with the rest of the world.

A recent outbreak in Shanghai has spread so widely that authorities have locked down the entire city, China’s largest, for two months, trapping millions of people and dealing a blow to the national economy.

Railway officials banned all ticket sales in Sanya, while all flights were canceled on Saturday.

Officials said tourists wishing to leave Sanya should have tested negative for coronavirus in five PCR tests over seven days.

Meanwhile, a city official said at a news briefing that hotels will offer 50 percent off to guests during the lockdown period.

The curfew comes during the peak tourist season in Sanya, which is famous for its resorts and beaches.

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