Visitors at Shanghai Disneyland were surrounded by health care workers wearing white safety suits from head to toe as they awaited the results of the COVID-19 test.
Shanghai Disneyland abruptly stated on Sunday evening that it would no longer welcome new visitors and would be assisting an epidemiological investigation from another region. As Shanghai city healthcare workers and police hurried to conduct a mass testing of people already inside, the park was closed down.
Shanghai Disney Resort said on its website Monday that both Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown will be closed Monday and Tuesday “in order to comply with pandemic prevention and control requirements.”
The park’s quick shutdown and lockout demonstrated China’s commitment to enforcing its zero-tolerance pandemic prevention approach.
Many countries around the world have chosen to live with the virus, whether by choice or need, despite the fact that when viral outbreaks come and go, many are faced with overburdened health-care systems and more mortality.
The approach in China, which has kept its borders closed since March 2020, has been to break the virus’s transmission cycle as swiftly as possible. The authorities have attempted to eradicate each local outbreak with a stringent quarantine-on-arrival policy, helping China keep its reported totals to 4,636 deaths and 97,243 cases since the pandemic began.
According to local media, the instance that spurred Disneyland’s actions involved a single person whose illness was detected in the nearby city of Hangzhou and who had visited the theme park on Saturday.
One Disney fan, who went by the name Chen, claimed she was inside the park at 5 p.m. when she heard an announcement that everyone needed to be tested.
“No one complained, and everyone behaved really well,”
Chen stated his opinion. She claims to have an annual membership and visits the park once a month. She is currently awaiting the results of her second COVID-19 test before returning to Beijing.
The newest example of how far Chinese officials will go to restrict the virus’ spread is Shanghai Disneyland.
Last Thursday, Beijing Railway officials told health officials in Jinan to halt a train from Shanghai to Beijing because one of the passengers was a close relative of someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.
After that, Jinan health officials dispatched medical personnel, transportation personnel, and police to the station to quarantine the passengers and disinfect the train. They placed 212 people, including the close contact, under centralized quarantine.
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