Monday, February 6, 2023

Companies applaud China’s decision to lift quarantine

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Foreign companies hailed China’s decision to lift a coronavirus lockdown for those entering the country from abroad, calling it an important step in reviving the economy, while Japan on Tuesday allowed a new ban on those entering the country. joined India in announcing sanctions for At a time when the cases of COVID-19 are on the rise.

The sudden decision by the Chinese Communist Party to lift some of the strictest restrictions against the virus comes as China is trying to reverse its recent economic decline. It has ended the checks that are handed out to millions of people in their homes and sparked protests, but as the disease spreads, hospitals have been filled with people suffering from fever and cough.

The announcement late Monday that foreigners will no longer be required to self-quarantine from January 8 is the biggest step toward ending restrictions that have kept most foreign visitors out of China since the start of 2020. Day.

Also on Monday, the government lowered the official level of severity assigned to COVID-19 and removed the requirement for all sick people to self-quarantine. This accelerated the dismantling of the measures, which until now were thought to be in place until at least mid-2023.

“It looks like China has finally changed course,” Colm Rafferty, president of the US-China Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. The removal of mandatory quarantine “paves the way for the resumption of business travel,” he said.

Business groups have warned that many companies are pulling out of China because their executives are not allowed into the country.

The chamber of commerce said more than 70% of companies that responded to the survey estimated that the effects of the most recent outbreak of the disease would last no more than three months and end in early 2023.

The British Chamber of Commerce expressed hope that China would soon resume normal business visa processing to allow “the resumption of significant personal exchanges”. He said this would “help restore optimism and make China a priority investment destination again.”


Contributing to this story were Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo and Wen Zhang and Olivia Zhang in Beijing.

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