Mainland shortens quarantine of close contacts and inbound arrivals, 14-day centralised isolation reduced to 7 days

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28th June 2022 – (Beijing) Joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council announced a new prevention and control plan on Tuesday (28th), shortening the isolation time for close contacts and inbound personnel from “14+7” to “7+3”, that is, centralised isolation for medical observation will be reduced from 14 days to 7 days, and the subsequent home health monitoring will also be reduced from 7 days to 3 days. In view of the current characteristics of Omicron variant strains, the mainland authorities have released the newly revised “New COVID-19 Prevention and Control Plan (Ninth Edition)”.

Nucleic acid testing measures for close contacts and inbound personnel have been adjusted from nasopharyngeal swabs collected on the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 14th days of centralised isolation to collection of nasopharyngeal swabs via nucleic acid testing on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th days of centralised isolation and on the third day of home health monitoring.

The secondary close contact control measures have been adjusted from 7-day centralised isolation to 7-day home isolation and nucleic acid testing on the 1st, 4th, and 7th days. With regard to the standards for the delineation of lockdown, control areas, and medium- and high-risk areas, the new plan requires that areas with no new infections for 7 consecutive days be reduced to medium-risk areas, and areas without new infections for 3 consecutive days will be reduced to low-risk areas. In other areas, people with a history of living in high-risk areas within the past 7 days will be subject to 7-day centralised isolation measures and those with a history of living in medium-risk areas within the past 7 days will be subject to 7-day home medical observation.


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