MORE THAN 80,000 tourists are trapped in Sanya, a coastal resort city in China’s Hainan Province due to a lockdown after the local health commission confirmed 801 cases of COVID-19.

From August 1 to 7, Sanya, also known as ‘China’s Hawaii’ has registered 801 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 409 asymptomatic infections, the Hainan Province health commission said as reported by Xinhua on Monday (8/8) local time.

A task force was formed to solve problems faced by the more than 80,000 tourists stranded in the city, such as refunds for travel. The city has also ordered hotels to offer a 50% discount to stranded guests.

Medics work around the clock at nucleic acid testing sites across the city. Wei Dixia, chief nurse at Sanya People’s Hospital, said the hospital’s COVID-19 testing site is open 24 hours a day and sampling about 4,000 people per day.

“The screening process has become more efficient, with results now issued six to eight hours after the test,” Wei said.

A total of 33 hotels with more than 6,900 rooms have been designated as isolation places for close and sub-close contacts of COVID-19 cases, according to Ji Duanrong, secretary general of the Sanya City Government.

“On Saturday, Sanya designated 168 high risk areas for COVID-19 and 67 as medium risk. The city has also set up a task force to ensure food supplies and necessities for residents living under closed management,” Ji concluded. [antaranews/photo special]