China loosens anti-COVID restrictions in policy shift


YEREVAN, DECEMBER 7, ARTSAKHPRESS. China said on Wednesday it would allow COVID patients with mild symptoms to isolate at home as part of a set of new measures that marked a major shift in a tough anti-virus policy, Reuters reports.

The relaxation of rules includes dropping a requirement for people to show negative tests when they travel between regions.

China is due to hold a press conference at 3.00 pm (0700 GMT) on “optimising” its COVID control measures, state media reported, after President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Communist Party’s Politburo on Tuesday.

Cities across China were gripped by protests over tough COVID policies late last month, in what was the biggest show of public discontent since Xi came to power in 2012.

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