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China’s Hainan Orders More Lockdowns as Covid Sweeps Island

  • Tens of thousands of tourists stuck in popular tourist resort
  • National cases rise to two-week high of 807 on Sunday
A resident is tested for Covid-19 in Sanya, on Aug. 7.
A resident is tested for Covid-19 in Sanya, on Aug. 7.Photographer: VCG/Getty Images
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The Chinese resort island of Hainan has placed more cities, including the provincial capital, into lockdown as a Covid-19 outbreak spreads, stranding tens of thousands of tourists in one of the nation’s most popular holiday destinations. 

The province reported 504 cases on Sunday, taking the current outbreak to almost 1,500 since the first infection was detected a week ago. The provincial capital Haikou -- a major flight hub for the island -- and the beachside resort city of Sanya have been placed into lockdown, while Wanning and Qionghai are under “static management,” a term commonly used when referring to lockdowns.