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Disneyland Shanghai shut as thousands ‘locked in’ for COVID tests after one positive case

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Disneyland in Shanghai has closed after police and health workers in hazmat suits swarmed the park to test tens of thousands of visitors.

Chinese media said it may have been prompted by one person with COVID who visited the park from the nearby city of Hangzhou on Saturday.

Fireworks went off as health workers carried out the mass testing on Sunday night – and people had to wait for hours for a negative test before they could leave.

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Tourists wait to get tested for Covid-19 at the exit of the Disneyland in Shanghai, China late Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. A visitor to the popular theme park was found Sunday contracted with Covid-19. Over 30,000 people were tested before leaving the park, which will be closed for two days. (FeatureChina via AP Images)
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Image: Tourists had to wait for a negative test before being allowed to leave

The park said all 33,863 people who visited over the weekend had tested negative.

However, they must get tested again and have their health monitored.

One visitor, who gave her name as Chen, said she was in the park when an announcement was made at about 5pm that everyone had to get tested.

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“No-one complained, and everyone behaved really well,” she said.

A child holds Mickey Mouse balloons as visitors receive COVID-19 tests at the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai, China
Image: The park will stay shut for a few days in line with health rules

Disneyland said the park would stay closed on Monday and Tuesday to comply with health rules.

The shutdown shows the tough measures in place in China as it enforces a zero-tolerance approach in an attempt to stamp out any local outbreaks.

Last week, a Shanghai to Beijing train was stopped mid-journey because one passenger was a close contact of a COVID case.

Disneyland workers wait to be tested for Covid-19 as the castle is seen in the background in Shanghai, China late Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. A visitor to the popular theme park was found Sunday contracted with Covid-19. Over 30,000 people were tested before leaving the park, which will be closed for two days.
Image: Disneyland workers also had to get tested

Police, health workers and transport staff quarantined the travellers and the train was disinfected.

China is believed to be the place where COVID originated and it was the first country to enforce strict lockdowns.

Its reported death total is just 4,636 deaths and 97,243 cases since the pandemic began.

There are extremely tough entry and quarantine requirements for people travelling into the country and all direct flights from the UK remain suspended.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News


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