- Nearly 80,000 tourists are stranded in a seaside resort city on China’s southern island.
- Chinese authorities imposed a lockdown Saturday morning, declaring the resort a COVID-19 hotspot.
- China is sticking to its “zero outbreak” strategy, which includes sudden lockdowns and mass testing.
Some 80,000 tourists were reportedly stranded in a seaside resort city on an island in southern China, which was declared a COVID-19 hotspot, after authorities imposed a lockdown.
Chinese authorities reportedly imposed restrictions Saturday morning, canceling flights and banning all ticket sales in the resort city of Sanya on Hainan Island (about 320 miles southwest of Hong Kong) in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Associated Press.
According to the Associated Press, there were 229 confirmed cases on Friday and 129 on Saturday.
The outlet also reported that hotels are offering guests a 50% discount during the lockdown.
China insists on its “Zero Covid’ strategywhich involved sudden lockdowns and mass testing, has recently been criticized for being ineffective.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said China’s “zero epidemic” strategy was “unsustainable”.