Beijing tightens Covid-19 entry rules

Strict new restrictions will see guests requiring detrimental assessments, forward of Olympics


BEIJING:

Strict new Covid-19 restrictions come into drive in Beijing on Wednesday for guests to the Chinese capital, requiring detrimental assessments and dramatically slicing home flights as the town raises the drawbridge towards the coronavirus forward of the Winter Olympics.

With lower than 100 days to go to the video games in February, China is bracing for a problem to its zero-Covid technique when 1000’s of worldwide athletes descend on Beijing after months of strict border controls.

All guests to the capital should now present a detrimental Covid take a look at end result from the previous 48 hours, whereas flights from greater danger areas inside China shall be cancelled or restricted to 1 a day at decreased capability.

“Beijing is the capital and has strong regional and international connections… The virus must not be introduced into Beijing and it must not spread in Beijing,” metropolis spokesman Xu Hejian stated at a press convention on Tuesday.

The new restrictions additionally embrace Covid assessments each three days for the greater than 30,000 folks working with cold-chain imports within the metropolis.

China has stated that earlier outbreaks amongst Beijing market staff and dock staff in japanese China’s Qingdao have been linked to cold-chain merchandise.

Case numbers in China stay far decrease than in most nations, with solely eight home infections on Wednesday.

But authorities are taking no possibilities as worldwide consideration focuses on Beijing within the run-up to the winter video games.

No spectators from exterior China shall be allowed to attend the Olympics, which shall be held from February four to 20 in a “closed-loop” bubble.

And the estimated 2,900 athletes should be absolutely vaccinated or face 21 days’ quarantine upon arrival. They may even be examined day by day.

China has already imposed extraordinarily strict border controls since final March, leaving households separated and lots of unable to return to work from exterior the nation.

This 12 months, rules have eased barely, however these getting into the nation nonetheless must bear weeks of resort quarantine, monitoring and testing.

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