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China’s Covid Cases Hit Three-Month High on Beach Town Surge

  • Nearly 2,000 daily infections were reported as outbreaks grow
  • The lockdown misery seen in Shanghai is repeating in Sanya
An empty beach as the area is closed off due to Covid-19 in Hainan on Aug. 6. 
An empty beach as the area is closed off due to Covid-19 in Hainan on Aug. 6. Source: AFP/Getty Images
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Covid-19 cases in China jumped to a three-month high, with almost half of the 1,993 infections reported nationally for Wednesday coming from the widely shuttered Hainan island where tourists had thronged in search of respite.

Sanya, a beach resort town in Hainan, saw infections triple in a day to 1,254 for Wednesday. It’s the first time the daily number of cases in any Chinese province or city has exceeded 1,000 since May, when an outbreak shut down Shanghai for two months.