søndag 29. mars 2020

COVID-19 Concerns As China Reopens Tibetan Tourist Sites

Chinese authorities in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province are reopening tourist sites, causing local Tibetans to worry about a second wave of COVID-19 coming into the region amid the ongoing pandemic with a decision activist say is premature.

Sites like the Chaksam Kha monastery in Kardze reopened on Friday according to a Chinese tour company, with an upper limit of 4,000 visitors per day. The tour company announced that day that medical professionals who were at the forefront of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus would be given free admission to the sites. Sources in the area told RFA that reopening the sites is an effort by the Chinese government to project a return to normalcy and to generate revenue at a time when the Chinese economy faces possible recession as the virus continues to spread.