Shanghai Disneyland closes for outbreaks, just like before confinement

Shanghai, China, Oct 31 (EFE).- Disneyland theme park in Shanghai said it would close again indefinitely due to a Covid-19 outbreak, as it did in March, just days before the harsh confinement that kept the city closed for about two months.

In a statement published Monday on its official WeChat social network account, the park announced its “immediate” closure to “comply with the requirements of control and prevention of the pandemic.”

“We will notify our clients as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume our operations,” the document states, using exactly the same wording it used in March; on that occasion, Disneyland Shanghai remained closed for more than three months, reopening its doors in June.

The management of the complex also announced it would offer refunds or date changes for those who have tickets for the next dates.

According to official figures, in the last 24 hours, 10 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Shanghai by local contagion – all asymptomatic – as well as 34 from abroad, of which only four showed symptoms.

The current situation is very different from that of Mar. 21, the day Disneyland Shanghai announced the closure, after 758 cases were detected, 734 asymptomatic, the day before.

At the state level, the last part offered by the National Health Commission shows almost 2,900 infections, of which some 2,400 did not show any symptoms yet.

The outbreaks of recent months, caused by the contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus, caused infection figures not seen since the first throes of the pandemic, at the beginning of 2020.

Despite this, the government continues to cling to its “zero Covid-19” strategy, which consists of isolating all those infected and their close contacts, strict border controls and restrictions on mobility, and massive PCR testing campaigns wherever the virus is detected.

In recent days, several cities – including the capitals of provinces such as Henan, Canton or Qinghai – have decreed confinements that, once again, leave news such as citizens asking for help on the internet. Reasons include running out of food or reporting the death of older people who stop receiving the care they need due to the closure of their housing estates.

In Shanghai, where scenes of this type are also remembered during the spring, another closure has not been decreed at the municipal level, although EFE did verify that buildings or urbanizations in which new infections have been detected have been sealed.

Despite the growing weariness among the population due to the restrictions, the national authorities continue to insist that the zero tolerance strategy against the coronavirus is the “most economical and scientific,” and they said it has saved millions of lives. EFE


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