The Yunnan province in southwest China has refused access to tourists from the Covid hotspot. On a state highway in Tibet, hundreds of vehicles were trapped.
According to Bloomberg News, on Tuesday, August 16, the police in Markam county, Tibet, issued an urgent notice requiring people not to leave the area via the highway that links to Sichuan or Yunnan.
The spike in COVID cases in Tibet made Deqin county in Yunnan tighten entry requirements. The traffic bottleneck began over the weekend.
As Chinese media Xin Tang Ren reported, in Diqing Prefecture, Yunnan Province, which borders Tibet, a large number of COVID prevention staff stationed at China National Highway 214 to block vehicles. [Video]
The video posted on Twitter on August 16 shows that countless cars and trucks stretched kilometers long under hot summer temperatures. [Video 0:32- 0:54]
In addition to the heatwave and food issues, these stranded drivers also feared possible landslides and rockfalls.
In desperation, they began to clash with COVID staff, but in the end, they were still unable to leave this place. [Video 0:00-> 0:15]
Some even were pushed to the ground. [Video]
A similar incident also occurred at the Jinsha River Bridge on National Highway 317 at the junction of Sichuan and Tibet. In Dege County, Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan, the provincial border is blocked to prevent tourists from Tibet from entering. [Video]
As Reuters reported on August 9, Tibet reported new COVID cases.
On August 8, local authorities registered one local confirmed case and 21 asymptomatic cases. Therefore, different parts of the region, including its two largest cities of Lhasa and Shigatse, had to launch mass testing adhering to its zero-COVID policy.