Hainan will conduct nucleic acid tests for all people in the island province to curb the new COVID-19 outbreak.
Supporting teams with the State Council's joint prevention and control mechanism have arrived in Hainan to help cope with the fast changing situation.
With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 detected on Monday in Sanya, the new outbreak has spilled over across Hainan island,
with the total confirmed locally transmitted cases and asymptomatic carriers having reached 525 and 121, respectively, as of 12 A.M. on Saturday, said local officials.
Sanya, at the southern-tip of Hainan island, has reported 455 confirmed locally transmitted cases and 103 asymptomatic carriers from Monday to 12 A.M. on Saturday, according to the local COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control headquarters.
It said that Sanya has imposed a city-wide lockdown starting from 6 A.M. on Saturday.
While services for basic social operations, epidemic prevention and control and emergencies are fully guaranteed, public movement is now under control and all public transportation services have been suspended.
The virus is the Omicron BA.5.1.3 variant. This is the first time it has been detected in China.
引起此轮疫情的病毒是奥密克戎BA.5.1.3变异株 。这是中国首次发现这种病毒 。
Travelers who are currently in Sanya, or who have a travel history based in Sanya since July 23, will have to stay in Hainan temporarily.
Nucleic acid tests will be conducted according to the requirements of local epidemic prevention and control authority.
Future arrangements will be made according to the situation of epidemic prevention and control in Sanya.