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Lockdown Strands 80,000 Tourists in Chinese Resort – ST

Tens of thousands of tourists are stuck in Sanya beach resort after authorities imposed travel restrictions on Saturday in response to the latest Covid-19 outbreak.


Over 80,000 tourists are stuck in Sanya beach resort, a report said on Sunday.
It's a tough life for some - 80,000 tourists have been forced to stay in "China's Hawaii" by the country's latest Covid lockdown. Vendors sell swim accessories on Sanya beach in this photo from November 2020 by Tingshu Wang, Reuters.

 

More than 80,000 tourists are stuck in Sanya beach resort on China’s Hainan Island after local authorities imposed travel restrictions on Saturday, according to a report by AFP, with flights out of the city and train journeys suspended.

More than 480 Covid cases were reported on Sunday, but tourists who want to leave need to report five negative tests over the next week, officials have said, but hotels have been pressed to offer discounts till the restrictions ease, according to the report.

Read the full report: Straits Times/AFP.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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