China on Friday eased some of its COVID curbs, including shortening by two days quarantine times for close contacts of cases and for inbound travelers and scrapping a penalty on airlines that bring in infected passengers.
Under the new rules, quarantine for close contacts will be cut to five days at a centralized location plus three days at home, from seven days centralized and three days at home.
A similar shortening of quarantine rules was made for inbound travelers, according to the revised rules, which the National Health Commission (NHC) published on its website.
The suspension of international flight routes due to the detection of infected passengers was also abolished, while for inbound travelers, the pre-departure COVID test requirement was cut to once in 48 hours from twice.
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