After almost three years of closure, China now no longer requires a quarantine period for people arriving from abroad, although it still maintains the obligation to present a negative covid-19 test carried out in the 48 hours before the trip.
In addition, China’s National Health Commission announced that, from now on, it will identify the pathology as “novel coronavirus infection” instead of “novel coronavirus pneumonia”. The category used to control the disease was also changed from A to B, as the virus continues to mutate but is less virulent, causing mainly mild symptoms, with rapid recovery and few deaths.
According to experts, this change means that China is almost completely moving away from its rigid “zero covid” policy and is beginning a phase of coexistence with the virus, as has been done by the rest of the world.
“We are past the period of strict pandemic control measures to optimizing the response to covid-19. With the adjustment in prevention and control measures, we opted for new methods to control the disease and also to count positive cases with the objective of normalizing socioeconomic life,” says Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.