The Chinese regime repressed protests in Hainan after 150,000 tourists were stranded on the island province under the COVID-19 “zero-tolerance” policy. Eventually, the regime reopened the airports on Aug. 15 and allowed some travelers to leave.
150,000 TouristsChinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan revealed on Aug. 13 that about 150,000 tourists were stranded on the island. On that day, she ordered the provincial regime to allow the tourists to leave, with conditions, and the other provincial regimes to accept the residents who are returning home.
People suffer from the “zero-tolerance” policies. They have been locked at home, face skyrocketing food prices, and lack various supplies since Aug. 6. Tourists are not allowed to leave in general and have to pay for the expensive hotels.
Outbreaks Around the CountryThe Chinese government has reported that COVID-19 spread broadly and infected more people in Tibet, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guizhou, Yunan, Shandong, Beijing, and Shanghai in the past days, and has caused tragedies.
While people were shopping inside the store, the security staff locked the doors because a person suspected of having COVID-19 had visited the store. Shanghai people remembered that they were locked down in stores, restaurants, gyms, factories, or stadiums for days in April when the city launched a three-month lockdown this year.
Fearfully, some shoppers screamed and rushed to the exit, pushed open the doors being held by security, and finally escaped.
It’s unclear when the regime will lift the lockdown in the cities with reported COVID-19 outbreaks. It has been difficult for people to travel around China since the first outbreak started in Wuhan in January 2020.