BEIJING (Reuters) – The southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday asked visitors to a mega-entertainment center to undergo COVID testing, during the country’s second mass screening for the coronavirus in a large room in a few days.
Those who have been tested for COVID-19 have been required to return home to await their results and not to venture outside until notified, local Chengdu authorities said in an opinion.
It was not known how many visitors were at the New Century Global Center, which is home to numerous stores, offices, a huge water park, and a university. At 1.7 million square meters, the building is the largest in the world, covering a floor area equivalent to four Vatican cities.
In early November, Shanghai Disneyland was closed for two days and more than 30,000 visitors were tested after a visitor to the theme park was found to be carrying the virus.
China maintained a zero tolerance policy towards COVID-19, determined that the cost of limiting local cases as they are detected outweighs the inconvenience and disruption caused by efforts to trace , isolate and treat infected people.
Chengdu, a city of more than 20 million inhabitants, has discovered a few local cases of COVID-19 in recent days.
(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Bernadette Baum)