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Tags: Virus Outbreak | China

Shanghai Disneyland Tests 33K, Closes 2 Days over 1 Contact

Shanghai Disneyland Tests 33K, Closes 2 Days over 1 Contact

Medical workers test tourists for COVID-19 at the exit of the Disneyland in an urgent mission in Shanghai, China late Sunday. (FeatureChina via AP Images)

Monday, 01 November 2021 04:25 PM

Fireworks boomed as the visitors at Shanghai Disneyland waited for their COVID-19 test results, surrounded by healthcare workers dressed from head to toe in the white protective suits.

Shanghai Disneyland suddenly announced Sunday evening that they were no longer accepting any visitors and that they were cooperating with an epidemiological investigation from another province. They then locked down the park, as Shanghai city healthcare workers and police rushed to the scene to conduct a mass testing.

The park is shut for Monday and Tuesday as they continue to cooperate with the pandemic prevention efforts, Shanghai Disneyland said in a notice on Monday.

The park's sudden lockdown and temporary closure underscored just how serious China is about enforcing its zero-tolerance pandemic prevention strategy.

Globally, many countries have turned to living with the virus, whether out of choice or necessity, although as virus surges come and go, many face overburdened healthcare systems, and excess deaths.

In China, which has kept its borders sealed since March last year, the policy response has been to cut the chain of transmission of the virus as quickly as possible. With a strict quarantine on arrival policy, the authorities have aimed to get to zero locally transmitted cases in each outbreak they face.

One individual who tested positive of COVID-19, discovered by authorities in the nearby city of Hangzhou, had visited Disneyland on Saturday, local media reported.

For hours on Sunday night, tens of thousands of families and visitors were stuck in the theme park, as they waited for a negative test result which would allow them to leave.

The city announced Monday morning that all 33,863 people who had been at the park over the weekend had tested negative for COVID-19. They will be asked to get tested again over the course of the next two weeks and monitor themselves for health reasons.

The drastic move at the Disney theme park echoes others in the area. Bloomberg reported that a small county in the Jiangi province turned all traffic lights to red to prevent mobility after a single case was detected. The order was repealed after an outcry on social media.

Then there are people who have been forbidden to return to the capital city of Beijing after leaving because they have been recorded as having recently been in Beijing -- where certain parts have seen small outbreaks.

In the city of Ruili, which sits on the border of Myanmar, residents have been locked down four times over the past seven months because the virus keeps creeping over from the neighboring country.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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