China eases COVID-19 epidemic control measures

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China eases COVID-19 epidemic control measures

Customers buy groceries at a supermarket in Urumqi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Nov 28, 2022. Urumqi, the capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, has gradually restored public transport and operations of essential businesses. PHOTO XINHUA People are no longer required to present their nucleic acid test results or health codes when entering public places, according to China's latest guidelines on COVID 19 epidemic control measures published on Wednesday.

According to the guidelines issued by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council's Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism, test results and health codes still need to be shown to enter care homes, welfare institutes, hospitals, kindergartens and primary and high schools.

People who travel to other regions of China will not be tested for COVID- 19 upon arrival, nor will they be checked for nucleic acid test results or health codes during their trip, the guidelines said.

They said that all schools with no COVID- 19 outbreaks should resume in-person classes instead of online classes in order to make epidemic control efforts more targeted at schools. Schools where outbreaks are occurring should note specific areas of risk on their campuses, such as a classroom, but all activities outside such designated areas should be carried out as usual, they said.

People who are infected but don't have serious symptoms may be taken to quarantine at home or be taken to quarantine facilities if they wish. People in quarantine will be released after showing negative nucleic acid tests on the sixth and seventh day.

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Close contacts of confirmed cases can choose to stay at home or go to a quarantine facility for five days. They will be released on the fifth day after testing negative.