The pandemic in China continues to spread. On August 15, 2,368 new local cases were reported, involving 19 centrally-run provinces and cities. There are 1,211 cases in Hainan, accounting for more than 50%.

Hainan province has added more than 1,000 new cases for several consecutive days. On August 15, local officials announced that they would fight the pandemic like during a “wartime state” and carry out a full door-to-door operation to ensure that all testing is done and no one is missed.

A resident in Cangmen Village, Sanya, told Sound of Hope, “Our place is a high-risk area, so there are patrols every day. The police station patrols during the day, and the militia patrols at night, there are always people on patrol 24 hours. This place is closed to control, unable to go in and out.”

After 223 new cases were detected and confirmed in Ledong Li Autonomous Region of Ethnic Minority, Hainan province August 16, 33 areas are considered high-risk areas.

A district resident said: “Since yesterday, the whole of Ledong city has been in a static state and everyone is quarantined at home. You cannot go out since the epidemic is serious. If you go outside and get caught by the police, you will be fined 50 yuan or 200 yuan (equivalent to more than $7 and $29.50).”

A hotel employee in Xiuying village, Haikou city told a Sound of Hope reporter: “We are surrounded so we cannot go out. Almost all the nearby hotels have been isolated and closed.”

According to NetEase, as of 3 pm on August 16, Xiamen, another tourist city, reported a total of 42 confirmed cases. The official report of Xiamen city said that at present, the Omicron BA.2.76 variant with a stronger infectious ability is cross-spreading into many infection chains in Xiamen. The pandemic prevention and control situation is very complicated and can change. Therefore, starting from August 17, Xiamen city will conduct nucleic acid testing for all residents, once a day for three consecutive days.

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