Stranded tourists, expats in ‘China’s Hawaii’ join fight against latest Covid-19 outbreak

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People stuck in “China’s Hawaii” following a new Covid-19 outbreak have been keeping busy by helping authorities tackle the latest Covid surge. At least 80,000 tourists were stranded in Sanya after travel restrictions were imposed on August 7, 2022. Officials had flown 125 tourists out of the resort city in the southern island of Hainan on August 9. China is the only major economy still holding fast to a zero-Covid strategy with its borders remaining largely closed since early 2020, halting international tourism. The latest outbreak came during the peak tourist season in Sanya, which is a popular surfing spot.

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