Apr 24, 2020 10:23 PM

Chinese Regions Extend Quarantine Periods Up to 35 Days

What’s new: Some Chinese regions have extended their mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements for overseas arrivals.

Beijing authorities now require those who complete 14 days of centralized quarantine to isolate at home for seven more days.

Meanwhile, Heilongjiang province, which has been dealing with imported cases from Russia, has increased the isolation requirement to 35 days for Mudanjiang residents who come back to the city from Russia through the Suifenhe land border crossing. A prefecture in Jilin province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region added two additional weeks of mandatory home isolation to the original two weeks of centralized quarantine.

The background: China has reported a handful of confirmed cases of coronavirus in people who had previously been in quarantine for 14 days, raising concerns that those who experience longer incubation periods may be falling through the cracks.

Beijing earlier this month reported that an overseas student who returned from the U.S. was diagnosed after completing 14 days of quarantine at a government-designated hotel.

The student tested negative for the virus three times during that period.

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