Following the closure of the “covid” of the famous casino town Southeast Asia – Macau, the beach resorts of Asia also suffered. The city of Beihai in the Guangxi region of southern China, a very popular summer holiday destination known for its white sand beach and volcanic island, has reported more than 500 infections in the last week, classified as a major Covid-19 outbreak in China.
Because of this, the city authorities blocked all areas where resorts and tourist attractions are located, and most importantly, they ordered mass testing and forbade residents to leave their homes, and tourists from hotels. The tourists were in turn ordered to leave the neighboring island of Weizhou, with hotels and guest houses ordered to unconditionally refund tourists. All entertainment venues have also closed, from bars, cinemas and massage parlors to swimming pools.
At the same time, not everyone managed to leave the island: local officials said that more than 2,000 tourists who are stuck in Beihai will be treated on the basis of the high risk of Covid. That is, those tourists who have not been in medium or high risk areas and who have not been identified as a direct or secondary contact of an infected person will be allowed to leave, provided that they test negative for Covid. The rest have been blocked in the city and will have to go through quarantine.
Experts note that in general, the policy of “zero covid” is seriously affecting the Chinese tourism industry – it is literally hit by endless travel restrictions and sudden lockdowns, especially this year. Only 160 million domestic trips were made during Labor Day in May, a third less than the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. And the sudden closure of a tourist hotspot is one such example.
Though experts say the Chinese economy recorded its worst quarterly performance in two years last week, after months of hard lockdowns wreaked havoc across the country. country. And on Sunday, China reported nearly 600 local infections, the highest spike since May. At least 16 provinces across the country have identified cases of local transmission of the coronavirus.
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