Chinese authorities have extended a strict covid-19 lockdown on the tropical island of Hainan beyond the Sanya hot spring.
Tens of thousands of tourists from the mainland were already stranded in Sanya, nicknamed the ‘Hawaii from China‘, with four more cities covered by measures as of Monday.
What has been happening in Hainan?
Authorities announced a lockdown on Hainan Island after more than 1,100 Covid-19 cases were detected on the island, which is located in the South China Sea.
Some 80,000 tourists are reported to be stranded by the lockdown in Sanya, which is the tourist hub of Hainan.
Authorities declared Sanya a coronavirus hotspot on Saturday, imposing a lockdown that confined Chinese and international tourists to hotels and vacation apartments.
Authorities have ordered hotels to halve their rates for stranded tourists, but in “isolated cases” have refused to do so or even doubled their rates.
Other regions of the island also imposed lockdowns, with state media reporting on Monday that four more cities were included: Wanning, Danzhou, Qionghai and Lingshui.
A short 13-hour lockdown was also imposed in the provincial capital, Haikou city, from 7 am to 8 pm local time.
Anyone who wants to leave the island must test negative five times over seven days.
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China travel and tourism stocks fall
The strict measures are in line with China’s “COVID zero” policy, which imposes sweeping lockdowns on any outbreak despite the resulting decline in economic growth.
Tourism, transportation and consumer staples stocks lost value on Monday, with one, China Tourism Group Duty Free Corp, falling 4.7%. The recession came after Sanya began closing duty-free shopping malls last week.
China’s struggling aviation sector, which had been counting on a summer travel boom to trim record losses, was also hit.
As we mentioned in AmericanPost.NewsShares of Hainan Airlines fell 1.5% on Monday, hovering around the lowest level since February last year, as the airline sought to resolve a long-running liquidity crisis.
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