New Policies from the Chinese Government on Covid Regulations

As of May 8th, the central government has released a new policy regarding quarantine and school closures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Quarantine for close contacts of infected individuals has been reduced from 14 days to 5 days of central quarantine plus three days of home monitoring. “Spillover contacts”, or those who have had close contact with someone who has been in close contact with an infected individual, are to 7 days of home quarantine. China arrivals are still required to do 5+3. The risk area categories have also been adjusted from High, Medium, and Low to High and Low. The circuit breaker policy for inbound flights shall be cancelled. Finally, it is strictly forbidden to arbitrarily close schools and classes. These changes come

These new rules come as the number of new coronavirus cases in China has decreased significantly in recent months. The hope is that by reducing the length of quarantine and increasing the flexibility around school closures, society can return to some semblance of normalcy while still taking precautions against the virus. It is important to note that these changes are not indicative of a complete end to the pandemic and that everyone should still wash their hands, wear a mask outdoors, and avoid large gatherings when possible.

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According to the new policy, people who have been in close contact with an infected individual will only need to quarantine for five days. They will then be released and self-monitor at home for an additional three days. China arrivals are still required to do 5+3. The risk area categories have also been adjusted from High, Medium, and Low to High and Low. The circuit breaker policy for inbound flights shall be cancelled. Finally, it is strictly forbidden to arbitrarily close schools and classes.

The changes come as the number of new coronavirus cases in China has decreased significantly in recent months. The hope is that by reducing the length of quarantine and increasing the flexibility around school closures, society can return to some semblance of normalcy while still taking precautions against the virus.

It is important to note that these changes are not indicative of a complete end to the pandemic and that everyone should still wash their hands, wear a mask outdoors, and avoid large gatherings when possible.

What do you think of these new policies? Do you think they will effectively prevent a resurgence of the virus? Let us know in the comments below.

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