China strives to contain outbreaks in Tibet and Hainan

 Thursday, August 11, 2022 


China is striving to eradicate COVID-19 occurrences in the tourist centers of Tibet and Hainan. The authorities are launching more mass testing and closing locations for arresting the highly communicable Omicron variant.

Mainland China has witnessed 828 new locally communicated cases across more than a dozen provinces and regions and more than half of them are in Hainan, which is an extremely well-known tourist destination.

Tibet, which till now witnessed only one symptomatic case since the onset of the pandemic, has also stated cases.

Parts of Tibet carried on mass COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, inclusive of its two main cities, i.e. Lhasa and Shigatse, where local authorities postponed big events, shut entertainment and religious sites, and closed few tourist sites along with the Potala Palace.

Tibetan authorities have confirmed one local patient with definite indications and 21 local asymptomatic infections on August 8. Although the case load is negligible compared to China and other worldwide places, the rare infections unnerved some residents.

A Lhasa resident said that she is a bit concerned, since she doesn’t know when and where the infected people came in contact with the virus.

Shigatse, the entrance city to the Everest region in Tibet, has organized a ”silent period” for three days in the course of which people are restricted from arriving or leaving, with suspension of several businesses.

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