Tibet Closes Attractions Because Of Novel Corona Virus Outbreak In China
2020-02-12
After the first case of the Novel Corona Virus being discovered in Tibet’s capital of Lhasa, authorities have closed several of the region’s top tourist attractions to help with the ongoing battle against this deadly new virus in China. The first confirmed case of corona virus on the plateau was discovered on Thursday January 30, and while the patient was said to be stable in hospital, the top-level emergency response teams flew into action.
 
Almost empty roads around the Potala Palace and Square in Lhasa following the recent news
Almost empty roads around the Potala Palace and Square in Lhasa following the recent news
 
Tibet is the last province of China to experience the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus form of pneumonia, and this emergency action is their first step in quickly stemming the tide to prevent the epidemic affecting people on the plateau. The Regional Center for Disease Control in Lhasa diagnosed the patient to be a suspected case on Tuesday, and samples were sent to the Chinese Center for Disease Control for confirmation. Confirmation was returned on Thursday, for the 34 year old man who hails from Suizhou in China’s Hubei Province.
 
Checks at the entry points to Tibet have been put in place to check passengers for high temperatures and the possibility of infection
Checks at the entry points to Tibet have been put in place to check passengers for high temperatures and the possibility of infection
 
It is believed that the man flew from Hebei Province to Tibet just before the travel ban around the city of Wuhan was put in place. There has been a rush of travel to Tibet from mainland Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as people believed they could escape the virus on the high plateau. The health department in Lhasa has called on any travelers from Wuhan that escaped to Tibet before the travel ban was put in place to report themselves and refrain from mingling in crowds until they could be checked for the virus.
 
Empty Streets around the Barkhor kora circuit in Tibet's capital of Lhasa last Friday
Empty Streets around the Barkhor kora circuit in Tibet's capital of Lhasa last Friday
 
Several scenic attractions were closed on January 31 to help in the battle against this new strain of pneumonia that has ravaged one of China’s major cities. The closures, which are only temporary while the virus is being battled, are in place to avoid the spread of further infection in tourists visiting the plateau’s many hotspots. By avoiding tourists gathering in crowds, the closures were put into immediate effect.
 
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, closed due to the Corona Virus outbreak in China
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, closed due to the Corona Virus outbreak in China
 
The closures of the attractions also included the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic man-made landmark in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Normally open throughout the year, this vast ancient palace, which was once the seat of Tibetan local governance, has been closed until further notice to help to reduce any further chance of the virus spreading through the tourist community in the capital.
As for the good news, now Tibet Autonomous Region is only region that has no affected Corona Virus people in whole China as recent affected person had recovered  but still Monasteries had been closed for the visitors and also large gathering is not allowed in Tibet as for the precaution of spreading the Corona Virus.
We will monitor the situation and will update the reopening of those important tourist sites in Tibet and China as well.
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