Chinese officials have announced that they will lift the mandatory COVID-19 quarantine requirement for travelers entering the country.
The mandatory quarantine measure introduced by the Chinese government will expire on January 8, several news outlets reported on Monday.
Since the start of the global pandemic in March 2020, travelers from other countries have had to enter the country for a quarantine period. China reduced the quarantine from three weeks to one week and then to five days earlier this year.
Chinese officials plan to downgrade COVID-19 from a class A infectious disease to class B, meaning no quarantine periods will be required.
The latest change comes as China’s top health authority estimates that nearly 37 million residents were infected with COVID-19 in a single day last week. In addition, 248 million people were infected with the virus in the first 20 days of the month.
Protests began in numerous Chinese cities in November as residents demonstrated against the country’s strict COVID-19 measures. These measures were blamed for slowing down the authorities’ response to fighting a deadly home fire in Urumqi City.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on officials to make “feasible” changes to the country’s COVID-19 measures to save lives, BBC News reported on Monday.