Local health authorities announced that China will proceed with a general reduction in the "zero covid" policy.

Local health authorities announced that China will proceed with a general reduction in the “zero covid” policy.

According to these new rules, asymptomatic infected people and mild cases that can be isolated at home will generally be isolated. This is a drastic change: For nearly three years, any positive case had to be transferred to a quarantine centre.

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In the face of a large wave of protests, Beijing will finally relax the “zero Covid” policy. China announced a general relaxation of health rules against Covid-19, Wednesday 7 December, in particular allowing some positive cases to be quarantined at home and reducing the use of generalized PCR tests.

According to new guidance from the National Health Commission (NHC), “Asymptomatic infected people and mild cases who can be isolated at home will generally be.”. This is a drastic change from the rule in place in China for nearly three years, which required that any positive case be transferred, voluntarily or forcibly, to a quarantine centre.

country too “Further reduce the scope and frequency of DNA testing”while he had previously asked residents to test themselves several times a week so that they could access any public place.

Fewer travel tests

Another novelty was announced on Wednesday It is now possible to travel from one Chinese province to another without having to present a negative PCR test of less than 48 hours, and there will be no need to take any test either on arrival.

The national easing of restrictions, which follows relaxations announced in recent days in many Chinese cities and provinces, comes ten days after a wave of mass protests against the country’s “zero Covid” policy. In dozens of cities in the country, protesters, mostly young people, cried out their weariness with the harsh health policy, with some even calling for the departure of President Xi Jinping.

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