Tourists in China’s Sanya must submit five negative virus tests before they are allowed to leave the resort, according to reports. CNN.
The announcement comes from the Chinese authorities who want to curb a new outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. According to Vice Mayor He Shigang, about 80,000 tourists stayed in the city on Friday.
Sanya is a city located on the island of Hainan, which is located between southern China and Vietnam. Anyone in Sanya, as well as those who have been in the city since July 23, were banned from leaving Hainan Province after 6 p.m. local time on Saturday.
So far, 827 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the city between August 1 and 6.
Sanya is often referred to as the Chinese Hawaii, and the restrictions are now hitting Paradise Island, which is in peak season. According to CNN, 80 percent of scheduled departures did not take off on Saturday, while all train departures were cancelled.
– We just hope it will not turn into another Shanghai, an anonymous tourist said according to Sky News.
Shanghai, a city of more than 20 million people, was recently hit with a two-month lockdown that has confined people to their homes.
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