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International travelers can now arrive in China without the need to quarantine for the first time since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Asian giant has reopened its borders since it imposed travel restrictions in March 2020.
Visitors will no longer need to self-isolate. Marking a major change in policy against him coval-19 The country while battling an increase in cases.
Those entering the country will still be asked PCR test negative Done within 48 hours after the flight.
The news was received with joy
Many enthusiasts for family reunification welcomed the move.
In Hong Kong, 400,000 people are expected to travel to mainland China in the coming weeks Lunar New Year holiday.
As is the case every year, long lines can be expected on flights landing in large cities such as Beijing and Xiamen.
A woman told the Reuters news agency that she had not seen her parents for years, despite one of them having colon cancer, saying she was “very, very happy”.
Reopening of the country is happening at the beginning “Chun Yun”, the first period of travel in the Lunar New Year.
Before the pandemic it was The largest annual global migration of people Back home to spend time with family.
It is expected to be implemented 2000 million flights in this perioddouble last year.
“It’s been a very long time” since he returned, said Li Hua, who traveled from the UK to China, where his family lives.I am very happy to be back And you breathe the Chinese air. Very happy, very happy.”
Over the past three years, China has had one of the strictest virus health policies in the world.
At this time, there have been many shutdowns and repeated testing requirements.
These measures have been Huge impact on the nation’s economy and in global supply chains.
The government recently retracted that policy after Mass protests across the countrycaused by a high-rise building fire in Xinjiang that killed 10 people.
Many Chinese believe that restrictions that prevented people from leaving apartments contributed to the deaths, but this has been denied by the authorities.
Since leaving China The essential elements of your policy “c”Zero eggs“There have been reports of hospitals and crematoriums being overwhelmed.
But the country has stopped publishing only the number of its cases Two deaths have been reported This Saturday.
On the same day, the Chinese government banned more than 1,000 social media accounts critical of its handling of the pandemic.
With the removal of mandatory testing, it has become It is impossible to track new cases.
At the same time, Chinese authorities have made it difficult to count coronavirus deaths by recording only those due to pneumonia or respiratory failure under that category.
I asked who China that reinforce – strengthenwill head Your response to covid She indicated that she was ready to provide support and help address vaccine uncertainty.
The expected rise in the number of cases and travel outside of China It prompted many countries to impose requirements on people coming from ChinaAnd How to submit a negative test by a traveler.
These are international assignments Has angered the Chinese government.
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