May 12, 2022 08:03 PM

China Says It Will ‘Strictly Restrict’ People From Entering or Leaving the Country

What’s new: China announced Thursday that it “will strictly restrict” people from entering or leaving the country as it races to contain its worst wave of Covid-19 outbreaks since early 2020.

The National Immigration Administration said at a meeting on epidemic control efforts Tuesday that it will strictly implement policies on anyone entering or leaving the country, according to an administration statement (link in Chinese).

The administration said it will strictly limit “unnecessary outbound activities” of Chinese citizens and tighten scrutiny over the issuance of passports, without elaborating.

What’s more: The authority also vowed to tighten border controls, preventing anyone carrying the virus from illegally entering the country, as infected people hinder efforts to maintain the “zero-Covid” policy, according to the statement.

The statement came after a Politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping, during which members discussed China’s efforts to fend off the latest wave of outbreaks around the country.

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