Jan 04, 2021 08:07 PM

Recent Visitors to China Face 21-Day Mandatory Quarantine in Beijing

What’s new: Beijing will force all visitors who have been in China for less than three weeks to complete mandatory quarantine on arriving in the capital, following a spate of Covid-19 cases linked to an infected foreign national who came into the city from another province.

Municipal government spokesperson Xu Hejian announced the move at a press conference on Monday, adding that the city of over 21 million people would step up disease control measures at all points of entry and “strictly implement” a policy of forcing overseas arrivals to spend 14 days at a designated quarantine hotel followed by a further seven days of residential isolation.

The background: Public health authorities in the capital have stepped up disease control measures, especially in the northeastern suburb of Shunyi, after discovering a chain of Covid-19 infections last week linked to an infected, but initially undiagnosed, 28-year-old Indonesian man who arrived in Beijing after a two-week quarantine in the eastern province of Fujian.

Since Dec. 19, Beijing has been battling a new, but largely contained, coronavirus outbreak after going some 134 days without recording a single case. A Shunyi government official said Monday that 423,800 people in the district had been tested for the virus, with the 415,000 processed tests so far all returning negative results.

Beijing added two new locally transmitted infections and one asymptomatic case on Monday, all of which are in Shunyi, the municipal health commission said (link in Chinese). Overall, China logged (link in Chinese) 33 new cases, nine more than the previous day, of which 13 were local transmissions, according to the National Health Commission.

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