Shanghai Disneyland is closing as the number of coronavirus cases rises in China


Shanghai Disneyland closed on Monday as China’s most populous city tried to contain the biggest flare-up of coronavirus in two years, while Shenzhen’s southern business hub allowed shops and offices to reopen after a week-long shutdown.

Meanwhile, the northeastern cities of Changchun and Jilin began another round of city-wide virus testing following a surge in infections. Jilin tightened curbs against disease and ordered its 2 million residents to stay at home.

China’s case numbers in its latest wave of infections are low compared to other major countries, but authorities are enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that has suspended access to some major cities.

The government reported 2,027 new cases in mainland China on Sunday, up from 1,737 the previous day. Among them were 1,542 infections in Jilin Province, where Changchun and Jilin are located.

Shanghai, home to 24 million, has avoided a citywide shutdown but has urged the public to stay home. Bus service into the city has been suspended and visitors must show a negative virus test.

Disney Co. said Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park are closed until further notice.

On Monday, Shanghai reported 24 new cases. The city previously suspended access to two residential areas and conducted mass tests in dozens of others.

Shanghai residents have posted photos online showing empty streets and subways during Monday morning’s normally crowded rush hour.

The government of Shenzhen, a financial and tech hub that borders Hong Kong, announced businesses and government offices would be allowed to reopen on Monday while authorities took steps to try to prevent a resurgence in virus cases. The interrupted bus and subway services have been resumed.

Last week, the city of 17.5 million shut down all businesses except those delivering groceries and other necessities, urging the public to stay home after a spike in cases.

Shenzhen is home to some of China’s biggest companies, including telecom equipment maker Huawei, electric car brand BYD Auto and Tencent, operator of popular messaging service WeChat.

The closures raised concerns that trade could be disrupted if ports near Shanghai and Shenzhen, which are among the busiest in the world, are affected. The port of Shanghai moved paperwork online but said cargo was moving normally. The smaller port of Lianyungang banned foreign seafarers from coming ashore.

The government said last week it was trying to refine controls used to combat diseases to reduce their economic costs and impact on society.

Tangshan, a steel industry hub east of Beijing, the Chinese capital, on Sunday imposed controls allowing only emergency vehicles to move around the city after seven cases were found, state media reported.

Authorities in Beijing investigated a duck restaurant where four employees had contracted the virus. State media said the owners of Yu Le Xuan restaurant have been accused of failing to register the identities of 477 diners over five days as required, making it harder to trace potential contacts.

https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/shanghai-disneyland-closes-as-chinas-coronavirus-case-numbers-rise/ Shanghai Disneyland is closing as the number of coronavirus cases rises in China

Dais Johnston

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