E.China county in Jiangxi closes down holiday resort, restrain traffic as COVID-19 cases were found
Published: Oct 31, 2021 01:37 PM
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Yanshan County in East China’s Jiangxi Province closed down a holiday resort, restrained traffic after one positive COVID-19 case working at a local holiday resort was reported. The county at one point said all traffic lights will be switched to red to discourage traffic but the policy was quickly revoked on Sunday, according to media reports.

The county reports one positive COVID-19 case working for a restaurant at a local holiday resort – Ge’s Fairy Village. The new case broke the record of Jiangxi for having no new cases for 610 days. 

Another patient who also worked at the holiday resort tested positive in neighboring city Jiujiang on Saturday. The man had taken a train from Shangrao city and reached Jiujiang on October 29.

It is unknown if the local outbreak has any relation with the recent virus resurgence in northwestern China. 

Traffic in the resort and among nearby villages was restricted. Except for emergency vehicles, other vehicles will not be allowed on the roads. 

As a means to curb huge traffic flow, the county even said on Saturday that all traffic lights will be turned to red. The mandate to switch all traffic lights to red was quickly withdrawn on Sunday morning after it made national headlines, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

All indoor public venues are closed and mass activities banned. 

Mass nucleic acid tests were immediately launched on Saturday, which will cover all 386,000 residents in two days. Some 200 testing venues will operate 24 hours.  

The Global Times learnt from a staffer working for the resort that there are about 1,000 tourists and working staff stranded at the resort on Saturday. 

“The resort was closed on Saturday. We have received one round of tests on Saturday,” the staffer said. 

After a swift response to the epidemic resurgence on Saturday, stranded tourists were organized to receive tests. Hotels were closed and some were fully booked by stranded tourists. 

Reports showed that the Ge’s Fairy Village is a highly-popular resort for neighboring cities, which once received 26,000 tourists in one day on October 2 during China’s National Day holiday.

Jiangxi provincial health authorities released a notice to ask people who had been to the resort since October 13 to report to local authorities. They will be quarantined and tested.