Restrictions have been relaxed in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Urumqi, Wuhan, Shandong and Zhengzhou. Covid weakens and can be downgraded from a category A disease to a category C disease
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Two weeks after protests broke out in several of the country’s cities against its ‘zero-Covid’ policy, China is preparing to increasingly relax some measures that were unthinkable until recently. As of Sunday, December 4, businesses have reopened in some locations and COVID testing requirements have eased. According to some local media reports, including Yicai, who cited some anonymous statements, Covid is weakening and could be downgraded from Category A disease to Category C disease.
Measurements in the different cities
In China, several cities are increasingly easing restrictions. For example, in Shanghai and Beijing, residents no longer need to show a negative nucleic acid test taken in the past 48 hours to use public transportation. In Shanghai, too, the test has been scrapped for access to some public places, such as parks and tourist attractions. By contrast, in Hangzhou, regular mass testing is halted for its more than 10 million residents: those who visit or live in nursing homes, and attend schools and kindergartens, are excluded from the measure. In Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi – which experienced one of the longest anti-pandemic closures in China – supermarkets, hotels and restaurants reopened on Monday, December 5. In Wuhan and Shandong, authorities lifted public transport test requirements on Sunday, December 4, while in Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone factory, people were allowed to enter public places, take public transport from Sunday, and enter their residential areas. without a negative 48-hour test result.
However, despite the measures, in Beijing, as in other cities, many of the stations for carrying out the tests that remain mandatory have been dismantled, creating multiple queues. On Sunday, the National Health Commission reported that China recorded nearly 30,000 new cases, including 3,752 in Beijing, 4,822 in Chongqing and nearly 6,000 in Guangdong.
Source: TG 24 Sky
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