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China on Tuesday halved detention time for inbound passengers in a major easing of COVID-19 barriers blocking border travel, and international flights are running at just 2% pre-pandemic levels.

The quarantine at centralized facilities was reduced from 14 to seven days and then home health monitoring was reduced to seven to three days, the National Health Commission said.

While the rest of the world is trying to live with the virus, China’s adherence to tough anti – Kovid measures has damaged its economy, frustrated businesses and angered millions of people trapped in tough lockdowns in cities like Shanghai.

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In recent months, China has carefully relaxed restrictions on border travelers, allowing the short incubation period of the Omicron variant to adjust the quarantine time, health officials said.

And earlier this month, China’s aviation regulator said it was in touch with some countries to gradually increase flight numbers in the second half of 2022.

The new quarantine rules have been welcomed by American, British and European business lobby groups in China.

On May 25, 2022, during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, a worker in a protective suit removes cordon lines near fences.

On May 25, 2022, during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, a worker in a protective suit removes cordon lines near fences.
(REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rollins)

“It will hopefully work to boost business conversion and stem the flow of international talent, some of whom are coming forward for a three-year separation from family and friends abroad,” the British Chamber of Commerce in China told Reuters.

While welcoming the change, the European Chamber of Commerce in China warned that all local authorities should see to it that the new, more relaxed rules are followed.

Stock markets rose in Hong Kong and on the mainland, with the Hong Seng Index reversing losses and gaining 0.9% and the CSI300 Index 1%.

Shares of mainland tourism companies rose more than 5%.

In Clear‌

Beijing and Shanghai on Tuesday reported no new local COVID infections, the first time the two cities have appeared simultaneously since the end of February.

Over the past week their daily cassocks have dropped to single digits, allowing them to continue eating regularly in Shanghai restaurants and reopening some rest areas, including Beijing’s Universal Beijing Resort.

Walt Disney Co.’s Shanghai Disney Resort announced on Tuesday that it will reopen the Disneyland theme park on June 30; It was closed for over three months.

However, officials at the so-called Dynamic Zero Kovid Policy of the government are adamant that President Xi Jinping’s signature policy, which aims to prevent the spread of fires as they grow, is in place.

Beijing “fights against any new spread at the beginning and at the speed and will definitely break their broadcast channel,” said Kai Qi, the city’s top Communist Party chief, in a party-backed Beijing Daily report.

Earlier on Monday, Kai was wrong to say that the Beijing Daily had said the city would continue its COVID control efforts for the next five years.

The newspaper later removed the reference and its chief, Zhao Jingyun, said it was a mistake, but it did not deter some suspicion among the public.

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“Certainly not a mistake! It’s meant to assess public opinion!” Weibo is a user of the social media platform.

Another Weibo user Even if it was a mistake, “at least the bosses now know how helpless we all feel and how we hate the current anti – epidemic policies.”