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China cuts COVID quarantine period in half for new arrivals

Move marks significant easing in one of world's strictest virus regimes

A traveler moves through a terminal at Beijing Capital International Airport. Foreign chambers of commerce have said China's draconian COVID-prevention measures had tested their members' resolve for doing business in the country.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China slashed its quarantine period for travelers by half on Tuesday in a significant easing of some of the world's toughest COVID-19 prevention measures, as President Xi Jinping gets set for his first trip outside the mainland in over two years.

The country's National Health Commission said a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine for anyone entering China would be cut to one week, while a subsequent self-monitoring period of seven days would be reduced by almost half.

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