BEIJING ( Associated Press) – China on Tuesday announced easing its quarantine requirement for people arriving from overseas, but held off on lifting a stricter COVID-19 policy than most other countries.
The National Health Commission, in its latest pandemic response plan, said anyone arriving from outside the country would have to stay in a quarantine hotel for seven days, followed by three days of home surveillance.
The previous plan called for 14 days in a hotel and seven days for home observation. Pilot programs launched in recent months have already reduced the requirement in seven cities, including Beijing.
China imposes tougher restrictions on international travel as part of “zero-Covid” strategy Which tries to keep the virus out and prevent any infection from spreading through lockdown and mass testing. Most other countries have opened their borders at least to some extent because vaccination has reduced the risk of severe cases and death.
National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng described the new plan as not a relaxation of the country’s approach but as an adaptation to make it more scientific and accurate.
Wang Liping, an infectious disease researcher at China’s Centers for Disease Control, said the change reflects the relatively short 2- to 4-day incubation period for the oomicron variant, meaning most cases can be detected within a week. could.
Recent outbreaks in mainland China have largely subsided. On Monday, just under 100 new cases were reported, most of them people who had recently come from abroad. There were no new cases in Shanghai or Beijing.
Shanghai Disney Resort announced that its Disneyland theme park will reopen on Thursday after being closed for more than three months because of the virus.
Visitors will be limited and some attractions will remain closed, but most parks will remain open, Shanghai Disney said in a social media post., All guests must show proof of a negative virus test taken within the past 72 hours.
Shanghai Disneyland closes on March 21 Before a citywide lockdown that would paralyze China’s largest city and a major manufacturing, shipping and financial center for two months.
Beijing’s Universal Studios theme park reopened last weekend after being closed for nearly two months Because of the outbreak in the Chinese capital.