China's new travel restrictions ahead of Luna New Year

China's National Health Commission (NHC) has announced a series of domestic travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country prepares for mass movement of people to celebrate Lunar New Year.

China's new travel restrictions ahead of Luna New Year

China's National Health Commission (NHC) has announced a series of domestic travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country prepares for mass movement of people to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Millions of Chinese migrant workers who plan to travel back to the countryside are now required to present a negative COVID test result within seven days of departure.

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They include:

  • People from medium- or high-risk areas
  • Quarantine center staff
  • Cold chain food industry workers
  • Transportation workers
  • People from medium- or high-risk areas are being discouraged from traveling altogether during the holiday.

Those who do travel and have a negative test result will not have to quarantine on arrival.

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They will be required to monitor their health with daily temperature and symptoms checks, and undergo two other tests on the seventh and 14th day after arrival.

The new measures will come into effect from January 28 and last until March 8.

This comes as residents in Beijing's Daxing district remain in lockdown.

None have been able Wednesday because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases, according to local officials.

People wishing to leave the district need to provide a negative test taken within three days, a district notice announced.

More than 24,000 residents around the infection hotspot in Daxing have also been asked to stay at home until further notice.

Daxing district has reported 11 confirmed cases since Sunday, according to the city's health commission.

Schools and education facilities across Beijing will need to complete all in-person learning by Saturday, and kindergartens have been shut from today.

Meanwhile, University and college students are being discouraged from leaving Beijing unless absolutely necessary.

China's National Health Commission reported 144 new COVID-19 cases across the country on yesterday, including 18 imported infections.

Among the 126 locally transmitted cases, 68 were reported in Heilongjiang, 33 in Jilin, 20 in Hebei, two in Beijing, two in Shanxi and one in Shandong.

Additionally, 113 asymptomatic infections were reported nationwide, 16 of which were imported. China counts asymptomatic cases separately.

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