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Published: 18:02, August 08, 2022 | Updated: 18:07, August 08, 2022
China's Sanya launches all-out efforts to fight virus resurgence
By Xinhua
Published:18:02, August 08, 2022 Updated:18:07, August 08, 2022 By Xinhua

A volunteer works at a nucleic acid testing site in Sanya, south China's Hainan province, Aug 7, 2022. Prevention and control measures have been taken in Sanya to fight against the new resurgence of COVID-19 in the city. (ZHAO YINGQUAN / XINHUA)

SANYA - Sanya, a coastal resort city in south China's Hainan province, is moving rapidly to stem its latest COVID-19 outbreak with medics, frontline workers and over 4,000 volunteers joining the fight.

From Aug 1 to 7, Sanya registered 801 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 409 asymptomatic infections, the provincial health commission said on Monday.

A task force was established to resolve issues faced by the city's 80,000-plus stranded tourists, such as travel refunds. The city has also ordered hotels to offer 50 percent discounts for stranded guests.

A task force was established to resolve issues faced by the city's 80,000-plus stranded tourists, such as travel refunds. The city has also ordered hotels to offer 50 percent discounts for stranded guests

Medics are working around the clock at nucleic acid testing sites across the city. Wei Dixia, a head nurse at Sanya People's Hospital, said the testing site at her hospital opens 24 hours a day and samples around 4,000 people per day.

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The screening process has become more efficient, with results now issued six to eight hours after testing, said Wei.

A total of 33 hotels with over 6,900 rooms have been designated as isolation sites for close and sub-close contacts of COVID-19 cases, according to Ji Duanrong, secretary-general of the Sanya Municipal Government.

On Saturday, Sanya designated 168 areas as high-risk for COVID-19 and 67 as medium-risk. The city has also established a task force to ensure supplies of food and necessities for residents living under closed management, Ji said.

A team dispatched by the State Council joint prevention and control mechanism against COVID-19 has arrived in Hainan to work together with municipal and provincial authorities to curb the resurgence.

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Meanwhile, the Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 324 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 259 were in Hainan, the National Health Commission said Monday.

Altogether 483 local asymptomatic carriers were newly identified on the day, said the commission in its report.

A total of 119 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the mainland Sunday, bringing the total number of virus patients discharged from hospitals on the mainland to 223,770. Sunday also saw no new deaths from COVID-19, with the total death toll at 5,226, according to the commission.

Volunteers deliver fruit for tourists at a hotel in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, Aug. 7, 2022. Prevention and control measures have been taken in Sanya to fight against the new resurgence of COVID-19 in the city. (GUO CHENG / XINHUA)


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