China eases its ‘zero COVID’ policy with shorter quarantines and less restrictions

by | Nov 11, 2022 | Top Stories

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People eat lunch separated by plexiglass to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Oct. 20 in Beijing. China is beginning to ease its strict COVID policies to help the stifled economy.

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SHANGHAI — China on Friday announced steps to ease its “dynamic zero COVID” policy by shortening quarantine requirements, simplifying travel rules, and adjusting its monitoring and control regime. The announcement comes a day after the country’s top leaders recommitted to the “zero COVID” policy but also called for improvements. On Friday, the National Health Commission said “optimizing and adjusting” the rules do not amount to a relaxation of prevention and control measures, but the latest steps were being taken “to adapt the new cha …

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