Early on Aug. 6, Chinese mainland media reported that the entire city of Sanya, Hainan province, was closed, more than 80,000 tourists were stranded, and airlines canceled many flights from Sanya.

The mainland’s official media, Global Times, reported that from 6 a.m., the city of Sanya would be closed and temporarily managed. The time of restoration will be announced later.

NetEase said that He Shigang, the deputy mayor of Sanya, said to CCTV that an estimated 80,000 tourists are currently stuck in Sanya. The infected people are mainly residents living in Sanya and Yalong Bay, as do most tourists. (At the beginning of the video, the second person speaks)

Passengers need a negative nucleic acid test certificate within 24 hours before leaving Sanya by plane, train, or car.

Economic View reported on Aug. 6 that flights from Phoenix Airport, Sanya, were canceled on a large scale. By that afternoon, 164 outbound flights had been canceled, 38 outbound flights had departed, and two were pending. In addition, flights, including Sanya to Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Lanzhou, and many other places, were canceled.

This outbreak in Sanya includes the Omicron subvariant BA.5.1.3 that was first detected in China. Sanya city said on Aug. 5 that it had entered a “wartime state” and asked its citizens not to go out unless necessary.

In fact, as of Aug. 4, most areas of Sanya city have been controlled and closed. At that time, the government required each residential community (village, residential area) to keep only one or two entrances; people were not allowed to go in and out unless necessary. Buses, trams, bus routes, tourist boats, yachts, etc., are suspended.

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