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Chinese resort town of Hainan extends COVID-19 closures

ByJean A. Francis

Aug 8, 2022

BEIJING (AP) — The capital of China’s Hainan province locked down its residents for 1 p.m. Monday as a COVID-19 outbreak develops on the tropical island during the summer school vacation.

The temporary lockdown in the city of Haikou from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. follows a continuous and indefinite lockdown in the resort town of Sanya since Saturday that confined vacationers to their hotels for a week. Four other cities and four counties in Hainan also began two-day or longer shutdowns on Sunday and Monday.

More than 470 new cases were recorded in the province on Sunday, 245 of whom had no symptoms. Overall, China has reported more than 760 daily new cases, the National Health Commission said on Monday.

Some 80,000 tourists are said to have been stranded by the lockdown in Sanya. Those wishing to leave must test negative five times out of seven days.

China has stuck to a “zero COVID” policy, despite the economic and social costs. He credited the approach with keeping hospitalization and death rates lower than in other countries that have opened up amid high vaccination rates and more effective treatments.

Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese city, announced on Monday that it would reduce the mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to three days from the current week. The new policy goes into effect Friday.