The Disneyland amusement park in the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai was temporarily confined due to the detection of a COVID-19 contagion who had visited the site, the measure affected more than 30 thousand people.
In a statement published late on Sunday on its website, Disneyland announced that it would close this Monday and Tuesday to “comply with the prevention and control requirements of the pandemic.”
The sudden warning from the compound and its temporary closure underscored the severity of the Chinese regime with its zero tolerance strategy to combat the pandemic.
For hours on Sunday night Tens of thousands of families and visitors were held in the compound while they waited for a negative result that would allow them to leave..
The city announced Monday morning that the 33,863 people who had visited the park over the weekend had tested negative for COVID-19. They would be asked to take tests again in the next two weeks and monitor their health.
According to authorities in neighboring Zhejiang province, a case detected in the capital, Hangzhou, had visited Disneyland Shanghai this Saturday.
All those who were in the enclosure at 18.00 local time (10.00 GMT) on Sunday or who spent the night in one of its hotels must take a test for the coronavirus before being able to leave, and another, after 24 hours.
If both are negative, they will still have to monitor their health status for another 12 days.
The Chinese regime, which temporarily closed the metro station that serves the site, gave orders that all visitors to Disneyland Shanghai during October 30 and 31 undergo coronavirus tests as soon as possible, and that they did not leave home for at least two days.
The latest COVID-19 outbreak in China is developing rapidlywarned a health official, as authorities demand high vigilance at ports of entry amid an increase in infections in a northeastern border city caused by the arrival of the virus from abroad.
Some 377 cases of national transmission with confirmed symptoms from October 17 to 29, according to data from the National Health Commission (CNS). China has addressed a number of outbreaks this year, since largely containing a nationwide contagion in early 2020.
The numbers remain low compared to outbreaks outside the country. Nevertheless, While the rest of the world works to try to coexist with COVID, China has maintained its zero tolerance, urging vigilance in border areas and ports to prevent infected inbound travelers from spreading the virus to locals.
“In the last 14 days, 14 provincial areas have reported new cases of local transmission or asymptomatic carriers,” CNS spokesman Mi Feng said on Saturday. “The outbreak is still developing rapidly and the virus control situation is serious and complicated”.
(With information from AP and EFE)
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