The single Covid case meant that all of the 34,000 people at Shanghai Disneyland had to be tested on-site. They were not allowed to leave, and no one was allowed to enter, until each and every guest had been tested.A single case of Covid led to Shanghai Disneyland being shutdown (Image: REUTERS)Shanghai Disneyland has been shut down after a single Covid case, leading to 34,000 people being tested on-site and forced to isolate. Those who had sought to spend their Halloween in the famous theme park were shocked to find they were caught in the midst of a Covid outbreak. On Sunday, during a fireworks display, Disneyland was closed and the rides were stopped after just one case was detected. The single case meant that all of the 34,000 people at the park had to be tested on-site. They were not allowed to leave, and no one was allowed to enter, until each and every guest had been tested. Qian, a young woman from China, posted on Weibo about what happened.
Medical personnel testing visitors at Disneyland Shanghai
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She said: “The tourists around me started discussing this matter, but they all finished watching the first fireworks in peace.” She added how crowds did not panic and were quickly ushered to outdoor tables where PPE-clad health workers had already set up testing centres. The evening’s second firework display went ahead as planned as the guests were tested on mass. On social media, one visitor joked: “I never thought that the longest queue in Disneyland would be for a nucleic acid test.” From there, late in the night, more than 200 buses shuttled people home for two days of self-isolation and more testing.
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On top of that, the 100,000 people who visited the park over the course of the weekend will be tested as well. This was all prompted by a single Covid case, that there were conflicting reports around whether the person in question had definitely gone into Disneyland. The theme park’s initial alert stated the closure was only to “cooperate with the pandemic investigation in other provinces and cities.” But Disneyland will still be shut until Wednesday. In a statement, Disneyland Shanghai said: “We will continue to implement enhanced health and safety measures, including intensive cleaning and sanitization of all facilities and strict management of indoor airflow and social distancing.
Every single one of the 34,000 guests was tested on-site
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“We will also continue to enforce strict health and safety measures for all guests, including limited daily attendance, mandatory advanced ticketing and reservation, temperature and health code checks on resort entry and staggered guest flow.” They added that all employees would complete two nucleic acid tests before returning ahead of the reopening on Wednesday and thanked those involved in testing guests in the park. The news comes as China is dealing with an outbreak of the Delta variant across 16 Chinese provinces, with another 54 cases.
Visitors at Shanghai Disneyland a day before it was shut down due to a Covid outbreak
The outbreak was initially centred around Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang, with around 500 people having been diagnosed with the virus. China has responded to every outbreak with severe methods to try and stamp out the virus. In Heilongjiang, an official bragged that 35,000 people immediately went to test stations after an outbreak. In Jiangxi, all traffic lights were turned red to halt movement after a single case, but the move was eventually reversed after public outcry. In Ruili, a small town between China’s Yunnan and Myanmar, local media report that efforts to contain Covid have been so extreme that one baby has been tested 74 times for the virus since September.
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