COVID: China announces the end of mandatory quarantines on arrival | Coronavirus

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COVID: China announces end of mandatory quarantines upon arrival | Coronavirus

From now on, only a negative test dating back less than 48 hours will be required to enter Chinese territory.

China will end mandatory quarantines on arrival on January 8, the last vestige of its strict “zero COVID” health policy that has isolated it for nearly three years .

As of next month, only a negative test dating back less than 48 hours will be required to enter Chinese territory, the Health Commission said in a notice Monday evening. , which acts as a ministry.

China is the only major economy that continued to impose quarantines on arrival on its territory that penalize tourism, even if their duration had been reduced in recent months.

She is currently on five days in a hotel, followed by three days of home observation.

The Health Commission has advised that it will not considered COVID-19 more like pneumonia but a less dangerous contagious disease.

The Health Commission has also mentioned a gradual restoration of foreign travel for the Chinese without, however, advancing a timetable. Only travel for compelling reasons was previously tolerated.

This decision comes at a time when China is experiencing an outbreak of contamination since the abandonment of the majority of its restrictions sanitary facilities, at the beginning of the month.

Since 2020, China has been imposing strict measures in the name of a so-called zero COVID policy which has protected those most at risk and those who are poorly vaccinated.

A woman wearing a mask poses in a busy shopping mall in Beijing.

The government ended most of the measures without notice on December 7 amid growing public exasperation and significant impacts on the economy.

Since then, the number of cases has exploded, raising fears of high mortality among the oldest, particularly vulnerable.

Many crematorium managers interviewed by AFP reported these recent days an unusually high influx of bodies to be cremated, a situation largely ignored by the Chinese media.

Hospitals are also overwhelmed while anti-flu drugs are harder to find in pharmacies as the country learns to live with the virus.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered on Monday to build a bulwark against COVID-19 and protect lives in China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered to protect lives. (Archives)

This is his first public comment since the unexpected abandonment of most sanitary measures.

“The prevention and control of COVID-19 in China is grappling with a new situation that imposes new tasks […]. We need to conduct a more focused patriotic health campaign […] and build a strong bulwark against the epidemic.

—Chinese President Xi Jinping

The lifting of restrictions could lead to the death of around one million people in the coming months, according to estimates from several studies Western.

China announced on Sunday that it will no longer release COVID statistics. They were widely criticized because of their total discrepancy with the current epidemic wave hitting the country.

According to the official report, the most populous country on the planet has recorded only six COVID deaths since the restrictions were lifted, a figure that is grossly underestimated, according to many experts.

The Chinese are seeing these days a blatant discrepancy between the official statistics and the contamination of a large part of their relatives, or even their death.

The great metropolis of Guangzhou, with a population of 19 million, has thus announced the postponement of funeral ceremonies after January 10.

Another source of controversy: only people directly dead from COVID-related respiratory failure are now counted as having died from the disease under a new methodology from authorities.

Some local governments, however, are starting to to advance estimates of the scale of the epidemic.

Health authorities in Zhejiang, south of Shanghai, ruled on Sunday that the number of daily contaminations exceeded now the million mark in this province populated by 65 million people.

In the capital, Beijing, the authorities spoke on Saturday of a large number of infected people and called for everything to be put in works to improve the cure rate and to reduce the mortality rate.

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