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Shanghai Disney: Visitors unable to leave without negative Covid test as park shuts

Shanghai Disney has established itself as the most well-known venue to lock its doors and confine visitors as a result of China’s strict zero-COVID policy.

People have been informed that they will not be allowed to leave the theme park until they can show a negative test result.

It follows Shanghai’s Saturday disclosure of 10 examples of domestic transmission.

The disputed zero-COVID policy in China has in the past frequently arrested millions of people, sometimes in odd locations.

As a result of the unexpected natural lockdown, people have fled from businesses and stores, including a Shanghai site of Swedish furniture giant Ikea.

The fact that rides are still operating for people who are restricted inside The Happiest Place on Earth should cheer up Shanghai Disney visitors.

Just after 11:30 local time, nearby attractions like the shopping district and the amusement park were promptly closed (3:30 GMT).

Videos posted on the Chinese social networking site Weibo showed people rushing to the park’s gates after hearing the news, but they were already locked.

The park was declared closed to visitors by the Shanghai administration in a post on the Chinese social networking site WeChat, and those who were already there could only leave if they produced a negative test result.

It was said that those who have visited the park since Thursday must present three consecutive days’ worth of negative test results.

China, a country of 1.45 billion people where more than 1,000 new cases of COVID are continuously reported each day, has millions of people under more than 200 different types of lockdowns as of October 24. The frequency of outbreaks is thought to be fairly low in other parts of the world.

Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the zero-Covid policy, which aims to end all outbreaks. He described it as a “people’s struggle to stop the virus’ spread.”

In spite of the country’s economy continues to deteriorate as a result of the Chinese government’s persistent devotion to the more divisive policy, GDP fell by 2.6% in the three months ending in June.