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ChinaThe National Health Commission (NHC) has announced a series of national travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country prepares for the massive movement of people to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Millions of Chinese migrant workers planning to travel back to the countryside must now have a negative COVID test result within seven days of departure.

Worshipers wear face masks while praying at Wong Tai Sin Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat in Hong Kong, China. (EPA)
  • People from medium or high risk areas
  • Quarantine center staff
  • Cold chain food industry workers
  • Transport workers
  • People in medium and high risk areas are discouraged from traveling on vacation.

Those who travel and test negative will not have to self-quarantine upon arrival.

A man received a swab for the coronavirus test at a hospital in Beijing on Sunday, January 17, 2021. The coronavirus was found in ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting the recall of boxes from the same batch, according to the government. (AP Photo / Andy Wong) (AP)

They will be asked to monitor their health with daily temperature and symptom checks, and undergo two more tests on the seventh and fourteenth days after arrival.

The new measures will take effect from January 28 and will last until March 8.

This occurs when residents of the Daxing district of Beijing remain locked up.

Neither has been able on Wednesday due to a growing number of COVID-19 cases, according to local officials.

Individuals wishing to leave the district must submit a negative test within three days, a district notice announced.

More than 24,000 residents around the Daxing point of infection were also asked to stay home until further notice.

Daxing district has reported 11 confirmed cases since Sunday, according to the city’s health commission.

A staff member in a protective suit buys essential items at a supermarket for residents observing home quarantine on January 11, 2021 in Xinle, Hebei Province in China. (VCG via Getty Images)

Schools and educational facilities in Beijing will have to complete all in-person learning by Saturday, and kindergartens have been closed as of today.

Meanwhile, college and university students are discouraged from leaving Beijing unless absolutely necessary.

China’s National Health Commission yesterday reported 144 new cases of COVID-19 across the country, including 18 imported infections.

Among the 126 locally transmitted cases, 68 were reported in Heilongjiang, 33 in Jilin, 20 in Hebei, two in Beijing, two in Shanxi and one in Shandong.

Additionally, 113 asymptomatic infections were reported nationwide, 16 of which were imported. China counts asymptomatic cases separately.


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