hina’s National Health Commission (NHC) issued 20 new Covid-19 control measures on November 11, which require governments at all levels to control the pandemic more scientifically with less economic cost and disruption to people’s lives.
The 20 measures include a reduction in quarantine time for inbound passengers from overseas to five days in central facilities plus three at home, down from 10 total. Only one Covid test is required pre-boarding, instead of two. The “circuit breaker” mechanism which saw international inbound flights suspended if a certain number of positive cases were detected among passengers was canceled.
The NHC also announced a halt to defining secondary contacts of infected people, and defining high-risk areas more precisely, generally by units. Quarantine for close contacts is reduced to five days plus three at home. The new policies forbid excessive Covid testing. Two or three tests in one day is defined as “unnecessary” and “unscientific.”
The measures include more vaccines and Covid treatment medications, increasing healthcare resources like hospital beds, and redefining which populations are at risk.