China shortens Covid quarantine period by two days

The Covid epidemic in China is one of the worst in about six months. Residents of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, are pictured here lining up for routine virus testing in their community on Nov. 10, 2022.

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BEIJING — China shortened its quarantine for international travelers by two days, state media said Friday.

Instead of making travelers stay in a central quarantine for seven days upon arrival, the new rules call for a five-day quarantine followed by a three-day home inspection, according to state media.

The new time frame also applied to close contacts of Covid infections within China, the report said.

On contact tracing, China said it will no longer trace people beyond close contact with Covid infections. Previously, people who were connected to these close contacts could face additional Covid restrictions.

The new measures reduced the number of regional risk designations to two from three – just low and high, the report said.

Overall, the new measures emphasized home quarantine instead of central quarantine.

The measures also ended a policy that often resulted in the cancellation of the number of international flights that were already operating at lower altitudes.

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