80,000 tourists stranded on island after COVID cases

80,000 tourists stranded on island after COVID cases


More than 80,000 tourists are stranded on Hainan Island in southern China after COVID cases were detected that prompted authorities to cancel all flights and trains locally.< /strong> 

On Sunday, 483 cases of coronavirus were reported in the seaside city of Sanya, which has more than one million inhabitants, on the island of Hainan, nicknamed “the Chinese Hawaii”.

All flights from Sanya, a popular place for surfers in particular, were canceled over the weekend, and the sale of train tickets was suspended.

Tourists wishing to leave must have had five negative PCR tests in the past seven days, health authorities have said.

Hotels in the city must offer guests a 50% discount up to the lifting of travel restrictions, a representative of the authorities said during a press briefing on Saturday.

In Sanya, public places of entertainment such as spas, bars ka raoke and bars have been closed since last week, but essential services like supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

China is the only major economy that continues to implement a zero-COVID strategy, imposing confinements and long quarantines that penalize local tourism.

The country's borders have been almost completely closed since the beginning of 2020, preventing the entry of foreign visitors.