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China: Local COVID outbreaks increase but quarantine changes won’t affect risk - Health Commission02:37

China: Local COVID outbreaks increase but quarantine changes won’t affect risk - Health Commission

China, Beijing
July 21, 2022 at 15:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

China’s National Health Commission has announced that COVID-19 outbreaks have increased but the recent shortening of quarantine for travellers won’t alter the risk of transmission, during a press conference on Thursday in Beijing.

“Recently, the epidemic situation in a few areas has rebounded, showing a trend of multi-point distribution and frequent occurrence in many places, and the number of local outbreaks reported in a single day has increased,” said He Qinghua, an official with National Health Commission introduced.

The panel also discussed last month’s decision to cut the quarantine for international travellers by half.

“The quarantine period for the overseas travellers and close contacts were adjusted from 14 days of centralised isolation medical observation plus 7 days of home health monitoring to 7 days of centralised isolation medical observation plus 3 days of home health monitoring,” said Wang Liping, research fellow from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

She went on to explain that “this adjustment is based on the epidemic characteristics of the omicron mutant to further optimise our epidemic prevention measures, but also the embodiment of our country's precise prevention and control, it will not increase the risk of epidemic spread."

China: Local COVID outbreaks increase but quarantine changes won’t affect risk - Health Commission02:37
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China’s National Health Commission has announced that COVID-19 outbreaks have increased but the recent shortening of quarantine for travellers won’t alter the risk of transmission, during a press conference on Thursday in Beijing.

“Recently, the epidemic situation in a few areas has rebounded, showing a trend of multi-point distribution and frequent occurrence in many places, and the number of local outbreaks reported in a single day has increased,” said He Qinghua, an official with National Health Commission introduced.

The panel also discussed last month’s decision to cut the quarantine for international travellers by half.

“The quarantine period for the overseas travellers and close contacts were adjusted from 14 days of centralised isolation medical observation plus 7 days of home health monitoring to 7 days of centralised isolation medical observation plus 3 days of home health monitoring,” said Wang Liping, research fellow from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

She went on to explain that “this adjustment is based on the epidemic characteristics of the omicron mutant to further optimise our epidemic prevention measures, but also the embodiment of our country's precise prevention and control, it will not increase the risk of epidemic spread."