CHINA China optimizes COVID-19 control measures to minimize inconvenience


China optimizes COVID-19 control measures to minimize inconvenience

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14:30, December 02, 2022

Customers enjoy dessert at a sweet shop in Liwan District of Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Dec. 1, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)

China has recently optimized its COVID-19 control measures to minimize their impact on people's normal lives and economic activities. Officials of the State Council Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism responded to public concerns over the adjustment of COVID-19 control measures on Friday.

There are many people with "mixed positive" nucleic acid tests results. The officials said that among those who tested positive from a 10-in-1 mixed nucleic acid test, if a single test retest confirms they are negative, it is necessary to promptly determine whether they are close contact persons. The judgment should generally be rendered within 24 hours. If they are not counted as close contact persons, their quarantine should be lifted immediately.

Officials emphasized that blocking access to buildings with hard fencing is strictly prohibited. If grass-roots community management personnel and community property management personnel block safety exits, evacuation passages, fire exits, and so on, it is a violation of the relevant provisions of the fire laws. At the same time, rigid isolation and roadblocks should not be implemented around key areas such as hospitals.

In addition, repeated positive results from people in the building indicate an ongoing risk of community transmission. This situation does not meet the conditions for unblocking, and the ban period can indeed be extended. But as long as the unblocking conditions are met, the building must be unblocked in a timely manner.

(Compiled by Zhang Tianchen)

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