China: Disneyland closes its park … after a case of Covid

the essential Disneyland was closed Monday in Shanghai after the detection of a single case of Covid in a person who visited the leisure park, as Chinese authorities seek to stem a limited epidemic outbreak .

First country affected by the coronavirus from the end 2019, China is also the first country to have largely controlled the epidemic in the spring 2020 , after the adoption of very restrictive measures, including the virtual closure of borders.

The authorities continue to follow a policy of zero contamination, which is further reinforced in the run-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing next February.

The Asian giant has been on its teeth since the reappearance of Covid cases at the end of October in the north of the country, including in the capital. Ninety-two cases were reported on Monday for the last 24 hours, the highest toll since mid-September.

In this context, the Shanghai Disneyland Park, opened in 2016, had to close its doors after the discovery of a positive case in a former visitor, when she returned to her home. neighboring province of Shanghai.

The reopening date has not been specified.

34 000 people tested

As of Sunday, the park proceeded to the screening of its staff and visitors. Almost 34 000 people had been tested as of Monday morning, Shanghai City Hall announced.

In a video released by official media, employees in protective suits can be seen testing visitors, in the midst of a nighttime fireworks display above Disneyland’s iconic castle.

All the tests were negative but the people concerned must refrain from going to school or their place of work for at least 48 hours and submit other tests.

Two days earlier, the Universal Studios park in Beijing, which opened at the end of September, had announced contact cases among its visitors from the previous weekend.

Some 6 million Chinese in total are currently in lockdown due to the latest outbreak, most in the large city of Lanzhou, 1. 200 km away. west of Beijing.

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