All travels from the region were stopped after Covid-19 cases were found on Hainan Island in the south of China, which implements a zero-case policy. More than 80,000 tourists are reportedly stranded in the island’s coastal city.
Declaring the coastal city of Sanya, in the south of Hainan Island, as a hotspot for Covid-19, the authorities applied for restrictions in the city.
In the city, where a total of 483 active cases were reported on Sunday, Covid-19 measures began to be implemented the previous day.
Authorities canceled all flights and trains from the city at the weekend due to Covid-19 cases.
A PCR test requirement has been imposed so that tourists in Sanya, a favorite for surfers and known as China’s Hawaii, can leave the city.
Health authorities reported that tourists who want to leave the city must show 5 negative test results in the last 7 days.
In Sanya, where more than 80,000 tourists are located, authorities demanded that hotels offer 50 percent discounts to their customers until travel restrictions are lifted.
Entertainment venues such as spas and bars in Sanya have been closed since last week under Covid-19 restrictions. Basic needs stores such as markets and pharmacies continue to serve.
China continues to implement a zero Covid-19 case policy. The only major economy that has not yet given up on quarantine and restrictions is China. Since the onset of Covid-19, the country’s borders have been kept almost completely closed.