China’s tourist sites were packed with visitors despite warnings from health experts after the country lifted its lockdown restrictions, CNN reports.
The Huangshan mountain park in Anhui province drew so many people on Saturday that authorities had to close admission to the public after reaching its 20,000-person daily limit before 8 am.
Prominent tourist destinations in Shanghai and Beijing were also crowded, as were many restaurants.
The crowding came after China began to lift restrictions more than three months after the outbreak began in the city of Wuhan.
China has seen a precipitous drop in new cases, reporting just 39 new cases on Monday.
China has reported more than 82,000 cases and 3,335 deaths though those numbers have drawn skepticism.
Though the government is easing restrictions, health experts have warned the public to take precautions.
"China is not near the end, but has entered a new stage. With the global epidemic raging, China has not reached the end," said Zeng Guang, the chief epidemiologist with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
"If there are asymptomatic carriers present during large-scale gatherings, the consequences would be severe," warned a top newspaper.
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China has taken a cautious approach after deciding to reopen the country. Movie theaters were told to restart last month but plans were canceled two weeks later.
Some of Shanghai’s tourist attractions also reopened before being shuttered again 10 days later.
Experts in China and Hong Kong worry about a “third wave” of cases.
"So in Hong Kong, we might have a third wave of cases coming from the mainland after a second wave ...The epidemic is still serious in the society. At this stage, it is still not optimistic. What worries me the most is inadequate testing on patients with mild symptoms, which prevents us from cutting off the chain of transmission," said Hong Kong epidemiologist Yuen Kwok-yung.