More than 1,000 visitors streamed in as the Shanghai Disney Resort theme park opened after a closure of three months, with face masks and social distancing the order of the day.

The park shut on 21 March as cases rose in the Chinese business hub, leading to a two-month-long citywide lockdown that eased on 1 June.

Just over a week later, the resort began opening some areas, with the theme park the last to re-open.

Before its March closure, the park had enforced Covid-19 measures required by the authorities, such as face masks and regular disinfection.

After the reopening, it requires guests to show proof of a negative Covid test taken within the last 72 hours, in line with rules for public areas in Shanghai and other cities.

The park has also said it will limit capacity, but gave no details, adding that some attractions, such as Marvel Universe,will stay closed.

Shanghai Disneyland is a joint venture with Chinese state-owned Shendi Group, which holds a 57% stake.

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Macau Covid infections rise as spread extends to medics, police

Authorities Macau are scrambling to contain the city's biggest coronavirus outbreak since the pandemic began, requiring all residents test daily and stay home as much as possible.

Health, police and fire services staff are among the 533 infected cases, the government said last night as it urged residents to test daily for the virus using Rapid Antigen kits.

The Chinese special administrative region carried out three city-wide mass coronavirus tests for its more than 600,000 residents in the space of a week. More than 7,000 people are in mandatory quarantine.

Sands China's Sheraton hotel located on the gambling hub's Las Vegas style Cotai strip has allocated 2,000 rooms to asymptomatic patients.

More than 20 zones across the city are locked down as authorities try to cut the chains of transmission for the rapidly spreading BA.5.1 Omicron variant.

People queue for Covid-19 tests in the gambling hub

Authorities have asked people to remain at home as much as possible with most of the city effectively closed, including bars, hair salons and outdoor parks. Only takeaway is allowed from dining facilities.

Casinos, while mostly deserted, are allowed to stay open, the city's government said, in a move to protect local jobs.

The stringent measures come after Macau has been largely Covid-free since an outbreak in October 2021.

Macau adheres to China's "zero Covid" policy which aims to eradicate all outbreaks, at just about any cost, running counter to a global trend of trying to co-exist with the virus.

Macau's cases are still far below daily infections in other places, including neighbouring Hong Kong where cases have jumped to close to 2,000 a day this month.

Macau only has one public hospital with its services already stretched on a daily basis. The territory has an open border with mainland China, with many residents living and working in the adjoining city of Zhuhai.

Tokyo to raise coronavirus infections alert level

The Tokyo metropolitan government will raise its alert level for new coronavirus infections to the second-highest of four levels due to a sharp rise in cases, Fuji News Network reported.

The Japanese capital recorded 3,803 new coronavirus cases yesterday, up 63% from the previous week.