Two years into China’s stringent zero-covid strategy, the country is finally refining its approach. But a remark from president Xi Jinping is a reminder that China is not backing away from zero-covid completely.
China announced yesterday (June 28) that it will shorten quarantines for overseas arrivals from 14 days in a government facility to seven. Home quarantine, which follows the completion of centralized quarantine, will reduce from seven days to three. This change was based on the authorities’ assessment that the average incubation period of the omicron variant is around two to four days, meaning the virus can be detected within seven days. Hong Kong, which has already adopted looser ontrols, is also considering shortening its hotel quarantine from seven to five days.