Shanghai Disney Resort closes Monday amid the Covid-19 rise in China
Shanghai Disney Resort closes Monday amid the Covid-19 rise in China

Shanghai Disney Resort closes Monday amid the Covid-19 rise in China

Shanghai Disney Resort has announced that it will close on Monday so far, citing China’s latest wave of Covid-19 infections.

The resort said on its website that it would consult local authorities and inform guests as soon as it had a confirmed date to resume operations.

China reviewed 1,656 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Saturday, health officials said, compared to about 70 cases earlier this month. Meanwhile, mainland China reported his first deaths from Covid-19 for more than a year on Saturday as the country battles a wave of Omicron infections.

Two patients died of Covid-19 in the northeastern province of Jilin, which has been hit hard by the Omicron wave, said China’s National Health Commission. The deaths, both of which occurred on March 18, are the country’s first recorded deaths since January 26, 2021.

Earlier this week, Chinese health authorities prevented Jilin’s 24 million residents from leaving the province, the first time such restrictions have been imposed on an entire province since Hubei province, home to the city of Wuhan, was locked down at the start of the pandemic.

China – the world’s most populous country – has reported fewer than 5,000 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic began in 2020. It has kept infections and death rates low through costly and cumbersome measures, including tight border controls, targeted shutdowns, mass testing and digital monitoring .

Tens of thousands of tourists and staff were tested in Shanghai Disneyland on Sunday, according to state media, after a person who had recently visited the park tested positive for Covid. Photo: Chinatopix / Associated Press

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which is a minority owner of the Chinese resort, said that its amusement parks and resorts created record revenue in its first quarter accounting, signaling that the company suffered the worst damage from the coronavirus pandemic can stand behind.

Shanghai Disneyland, which first opened in 2016, was the first Disney park to close when the coronavirus pandemic spread across China in early 2020. Disney later closed all of its parks, costing the company billions of dollars in revenue. Shanghai Disneyland reopened in May 2020.

In late October, Shanghai Disneyland locked more than 30,000 visitors inside its amusement park and forced them to take Covid-19 tests after a customer returned positive for the virus – an example of the zero-tolerance policy imposed by the Chinese government.

China is trying to move forward from its so-called Covid-Zero lockdown measures in favor of a more precise approach to contain the virus that is less harmful to its economy. The updated measures, which include more efficient testing and shorter and more targeted quarantines, are being put to the test by the latest Omicron wave.

Elaine Yu, Natasha Khan, Erich Schwartzel and Sha Hua contributed to this article.

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