One of the largest steps the nation has taken to loosen restrictions since the pandemic began even if case counts are still high is that Chinese health authorities expect to abolish Covid-19 quarantine rules on international arrivals early next month.
China has continued to impose some of the strictest coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the world, drastically hurting its economy and inciting resentment. Authorities quickly dropped the nation’s strict zero-Covid-19 strategy early this month in response to waves of demonstrations in fall.
This will reopen the country to people with employment and study permits as well as those who want to visit relatives after nearly three years of closed borders.
According to Tuesday’s announcement from the immigration department, Chinese citizens will also be free to go abroad. Following the removal of regulations, Covid has aggressively spread.
According to reports, hospitals are overburdened and senior citizens are dying.
Officials have ceased disclosing Covid data, therefore it is now unknown what the exact toll is in terms of daily case counts and fatalities.
Last week, Beijing reported a small number of deaths and approximately 4,000 new Covid infections per day.
It said on Sunday that it will no longer post case numbers at all. However, according to Airfinity, a British health data company, China has more than a million infections and 5,000 fatalities every day.
After three years of lockdowns, blocked borders, and a requirement for Covid cases and contacts to remain in quarantine, China is the last significant economy in the world to transition to “living with Covid.”
The so-called zero-Covid strategy hurt the economy and made people tired of rules and tests that were repeated.
President Xi Jinping was targeted in rare public protests in November as a result of public discontent with the programme, and just a few weeks later, the government repealed the Covid regulations.