Tuesday, January 31, 2023

China reopens its borders amid explosion of COVID infections: US and Italy will request a negative test



China has removed the quarantine requirement to enter the country in an effort to return to normalcy, although the truth is that many travelers planning to travel to the eastern country are taking this into account COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in the last weeks.

Many countries already require mandatory coronavirus testing for travelers arriving from this Asian country, where the coronavirus pandemic began in 2019. Italy, Japan, Taiwan, India and the United States have already announced they are fineing them for crossing their countries’ borders. For all travelers arriving from China. The European Commission has convened a Health Safety Committee to evaluate possible coordinated measures.

On 7 December, the Chinese State Council lifted the obligation for infected people or close contacts to stay in quarantine centres. Now it will only be required that those who enter the country present a negative test 48 hours ago, Another step in his ‘Covid Zero’ policy, after massive protests against the confinement.

The date fixed for the opening is related to the holiday days they have in China Chinese new year, which will be January 22 in 2023 (public holiday on January 21–27). The State Council thus seeks to reactivate both internal and external tourism.

The problem is that cases of COVID-19 have skyrocketed in the country in recent weeks and the number of infections in many Chinese cities is in the thousands as hospitals are overburdened with work.

China’s National Health Commission announced on Sunday that it would stop publishing daily coronavirus cases. Some 248 million people in China18% of the population tested positive for the coronavirus in the first three weeks of December.

China assures that the situation is under control

The government of China has assured this Wednesday that the epidemiological situation surrounding the coronavirus epidemic “under control,

“For the time being, the development of the epidemiological situation in China is expected and under control,” said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman. Wang Wenbinwho explained that “Beijing was the first country to pass the peak of the epidemic and production and life there are gradually returning to normal.”

“Every country in the world must go through a acclimatization period When they adjust their epidemic prevention policies and China’s case is no different,” he stressed that authorities are working to control the situation across the country.

Thus, Wang said that “some Western media deliberately exaggerate or even distort the adjustments in China’s epidemic prevention and control policy, according to the Chinese, the high price that the country has paid for epidemic prevention”. has paid, refrained from talking about it.” Portal Sina.

Wu Junyu, chief epidemiologist of the China Center for Disease Control, declared today that the wave of Covid infections the country is suffering in Beijing, Tianjin (northeast) and Chengdu (centre) has already “reached its peak”. Beijing was one of the first cities to suffer a large-scale outbreak this month after the relaxation of the ‘zero covid’ policy.

However, the expert recently predicted that There will be “three waves” of infection in country: in December, at the end of January as a result of visits during the Lunar New Year festival and when people go back to work following his holidays, in which he said that “between 10% and 30%” of the Chinese population may have contracted the virus between December and March.

Italy, Japan and US call for negative tests

Faced with this situation, some countries such as Italy and Japan or Malaysia They have already started requiring COVID-19 tests from Chinese citizens to enter their territories.

Italy’s health ministry will force all travelers arriving in the country from China after some airports test them to find out if they have COVID-19 about 50% Passengers from the Asian country tested positive.

At the airport Malpensa (Milan) Half of travelers from China have tested positive, according to sources in the Lombardy region, one of Italy’s busiest.

Italy, a destination for millions of tourists around the world, almost three years ago became first western country Which experienced a very high number of coronavirus cases just weeks before the disease spread across the globe with dozens of countries in lockdown to try to curb the disease.

For its part, the government of America also announced on Wednesday Will ask travelers from China to test negative To enter the country from 5 January.

Passengers whose final destination is the US must be tested two days before departure from Chinese territory and present a negative result to airport officials before boarding the plane, the government Center for Control and Disease Control said in a statement. Prevention (CDC).

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