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More than 80,000 tourists stranded in ‘China’s Hawaii’ after Covid-19 outbreak

More than 80,000 tourists stranded in 'China's Hawaii' after Covid-19 outbreak

The latest Covid outbreak occurred during the peak tourist season in Sanya. (File)

Beijing:

More than 80,000 tourists are stranded in a resort city often referred to as the “Hawaii of China” after the Covid outbreak prompted authorities to impose strict travel restrictions.

The tourist hotspot Sanya is a city of more than a million people on the southern island of Hainan, where 483 Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday.

All flights out of the city were canceled over the weekend, and authorities also stopped selling train tickets.

The health authority said that travelers who want to leave must test negative in 5 PCR tests in 7 days.

Hotels in the city have been asked to offer guests a 50% discount until travel restrictions ease, an official said at a news conference on Saturday.

China is the only major economy to stick to the No-Covid strategy with rapid closures and long-term quarantines, affecting local tourism.

The country’s borders have also mostly remained closed since the start of 2020, bringing international travel to a halt.

The latest Covid outbreak occurred during peak tourist season in Sanya, a popular surfing spot.

All entertainment venues including spas, karaoke bars and pubs have closed since last week, but essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

The tourist hotspot Sanya is a city of more than a million people on the southern island of Hainan, where 483 Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday.

All flights out of the city were canceled over the weekend, and authorities also stopped selling train tickets.

The health authority said that travelers who want to leave must test negative in 5 PCR tests in 7 days.

Hotels in the city have been asked to offer guests a 50% discount until travel restrictions ease, an official said at a news conference on Saturday.

China is the only major economy to stick to the No-Covid strategy with rapid closures and long-term quarantines, affecting local tourism.

The country’s borders have also mostly remained closed since the start of 2020, bringing international travel to a halt.

The latest Covid outbreak occurred during peak tourist season in Sanya, a popular surfing spot.

All entertainment venues including spas, karaoke bars and pubs have closed since last week, but essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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