China’s southern tech hub Shenzhen It was no longer mandatory to pass Covid tests to enter public places. This is in addition to the growing list of local authorities who are easing social restraints that were imposed throughout the country three years ago after the pandemic.

Covid test results don’t need to be used in Shenzhen You can enter public transport, drugstores, parks, and other outdoor tourism spots according to statements Saturday, issued by the local government China Friday’s report included 32,206 new Covid cases.

Some of the items that were lifted by the capital, Beijing, and Guangzhou, the southern factory center, occurred earlier this week. restrictions Even as The worst epidemic of virus infections since the crisis began has been fanned. 

High ranking government officials signaled this week a shift away from the harshest containment policies, soon after anti-lockdown protests erupted across China. Since the arrival of the more contagious omicron variant, the goal to eradicate the virus has become increasingly difficult to implement. That increased the toll on the world’s second-largest economy and angered citizens with every stepped-up Limit movement to try and crush Covid-19.

Vice Premier Sun Chunlan — the leader that besides President Xi Jinping has been most closely associated with the Covid-Zero strategy — struck a new tone At a meeting this week the participants said: “fight against the pandemic is at a new stage and it comes with new tasks” as Omicron is less dangerous than other pathogens, so more people are vaccinated.  

The most common strain is the less-lethal variant of omicron. ChinaAccording to a report, Xi said that he had spoken to Charles Michel, President European Council in Beijing, Thursday. European Union official Who was briefed about the meeting. If confirmed, Xi’s comments would be the first public acknowledgment that the virus is weakening, adding to suggestions China’s leadership is moving toward further loosening of strict Covid-Zero policies.

Underscoring China’s cautious approach, Beijing’s municipal government on Saturday denied online rumors that the capital will start a full reopening, including a halt to mass Covid testing and tracking, the official Beijing Daily reported. Although the situation appears to be stabilizing, many cases are severe and widespread, the report states. 

Some other developments this week have prompted cautious optimism China’s mindset around Covid has turned a corner:

  • Authorities in the capital Beijing said hospitals and public transport can’t reject people who are unable to provide negative Covid test results taken within 48 hours.
  • Beijing now allows some infected people to enter the city. isolate at home, starting with residents of the city’s most-populous district. Bus and subway operators have also been warned not to reject passengers who don’t have negative Covid test results taken within 48 hours.
  • Chengdu cancelled a rule that required citizens with negative test results to be admitted to public venues. as Supermarkets and malls.
  • The southern Guangdong Province said close contacts Individuals who meet certain criteria can stay at home and not be sent to isolation centers.
  • Guangdong’s capital Guangzhou later replaced Lockdowns that are more targeted restrictions, similar to a move announced in Zhengzhou, home to Apple Inc.’s largest manufacturing site in China.
  • 21st Century Business Herald: Beijing and Guangzhou have removed the need to register before residents can purchase medication for fever, coughs, antivirals or antibiotics. reported On Saturday, citing government notices

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