Disney closes its Shanghai resort as China’s most populated city struggles to contain biggest Covid-19 outbreak in two years
- Disney has closed Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park
- They were shut on Monday and will remain closed until further notice
- China fighting biggest wave of locally transmitted cases since pandemic started
- On Sunday, the government reported 2,027 new cases on the Chinese mainland
- Numbers remain far higher in US, where 6,623 cases were reported on Sunday
Disney has closed its Shanghai resort as China’s most populated city struggles to contain its biggest Covid-19 outbreak in two years.
The entertainment company said Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park were closed until further notice after the government reported 2,027 new cases on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, but just 24 in Shanghai.
Disney said: ‘Due to the current pandemic situation, Shanghai Disney Resort, including Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park will be temporarily closed from Monday, March 21, 2022.
‘We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and consult local authorities, and will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations.’
China is fighting its biggest wave of locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the outbreak was first reported in Wuhan in early 2020.
The case numbers, despite showing a slight increase from the previous day’s 1,737, are still relatively low compared with other major countries, including the US where 6,623 cases were reported on Sunday.
But authorities in China are enforcing a ‘zero tolerance’ strategy that has resulted in access to some major cities being suspended, while Changchun and Jilin in the northeast began another round of citywide virus testing following a surge in infections.
Disney said Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park were closed until further notice
A health worker in a protective suit takes a throat swab sample from a child at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, China
A health worker holding a disinfectant spray can watches residents get a coronavirus test at an outdoor testing site in Beijing, China
Jilin tightened anti-disease curbs, ordering its two million residents to stay home, after 1,542 of the 2,027 Chinese mainland infections on Sunday were reported in Jilin province, where Changchun and Jilin are located.
Meanwhile, the southern business center of Shenzhen allowed shops and offices to reopen after a weeklong closure.
Shanghai, which has a population of 24 million people, has avoided a citywide shutdown but appealed to the public to stay home and has launched a city-wide testing programme which has seen dozens of residential compounds sealed off for the last 48 hours.
Bus service into the city has been suspended and visitors are required to show a negative virus test.
On Monday, Shanghai reported 24 new cases. The city earlier suspended access to two residential areas and carried out mass testing at dozens of others.
Shanghai residents posted photos on the internet showing empty streets and subways during what usually is a crowded Monday morning rush hour.
The government of Shenzhen, a finance and technology center that links Hong Kong to mainland China, announced businesses and government offices were allowed to reopen Monday while authorities took steps to try to prevent a resurgence of virus cases. Bus and subway services, which had been suspended, were restarted.
A woman reacts gets a throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, China, on Monday
A woman gets a coronavirus test at an outdoor testing site in Beijing, China
Last week, the city of 17.5 million shut down all businesses except those that supply food and other necessities and told the public to stay home following a spike in cases.
Shenzhen is home to some of China’s biggest companies, including telecom equipment maker Huawei, electric car brand BYD Auto and Tencent, operator of the popular WeChat message service.
The shutdowns prompted concern trade might be disrupted if ports near Shanghai and Shenzhen that are among the world’s busiest are affected.
The Shanghai port moved paperwork functions online but said cargo was moving normally, while the smaller port of Lianyungang barred foreign sailors from coming ashore.
The government said last week it was trying to fine-tune anti-disease controls to reduce their economic cost and impact on society.
Tangshan, a steel industry center east of Beijing, the Chinese capital, imposed controls Sunday that allow only emergency vehicles to move around the city after seven cases were found, state media reported.
Authorities in Beijing were investigating a duck restaurant where four employees contracted the virus.
State media said owners of the Yu Le Xuan restaurant were accused of failing to register the identities of 477 diners as required over five days, making it harder to trace potential contacts.
In the US, a total of 79,734,867 cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic and there have been 971,162 deaths, according to the latest data.
On Sunday, the country reported 6,623 cases and a further 75 deaths.
The seven day daily case average for the US, up to March 20, stands at 30,345. The week-long daily rolling average for deaths stands at 1,054.
Source: Read Full Article