Thousands of people have been temporarily imprisoned inside Disneyland Shanghai after a severe response to a small Covid outbreak.
Just 10 transmitted cases in the local area were enough to lead authorities to shut down the perimeter of the 60,000-a-day park.
People were seen rushing to the exit of the theme park in a bid to escape, as local law enforcement demanded people must show a negative test to be able to exit.
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The 10 new cases were reported across Shanghai, China, withMailOnlinereporting none of them were showing symptoms.
The area around the theme park is understood to have also been closed, including a nearby shopping high street as authorities wrestle to get to grips with the outbreak.
Speaking on its WeChat channel, the Shanghai Government said no one would be allowed to enter or exit the park, with anyone who visited since October 27 needing to take a test.
Anyone still inside the park would be prevented from leaving until their results came in.
On the Weibo video-sharing app, footage shows people on Monday (October 31) rushing towards the park’s gates only to discover they were already closed.
In a slight mercy, people inside the park still are allowed to use the rides, which have remained open for the trapped.
A note on the Shanghai Disney Resort website says: “In order to follow the requirement of pandemic prevention and control, Shanghai Disney Resort, including Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park will be closed starting Monday, October 31, 2022, with immediate effect.
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“We will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide refund or exchanges for all guests impacted during this period.
“Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!”
A spokesperson for the park said it was operating within Chinese health authority guidelines.
The park was shut for a full three-month period during the Shanghai lockdown earlier this year.
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