China Eases Quarantine, Ends Flight Bans in Covid Zero Shift
Move is biggest pullback in strict Covid Zero playbook yet
Chinese assets rose on news as investors hope for reopening
China reduced the amount of time travelers and close contacts of virus cases must spend in quarantine, and pulled back on testing, in a significant calibration of the Covid Zero policy that has upended the world’s second-largest economy and raised public ire.
The changes, detailed in a 20-point playbook for officials, seem aimed at both reducing the country’s global isolation and easing the impact of virus mitigation measures on the ground.