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China is mulling whether to further shorten the quarantine period and impose more precise anti-epidemic restrictions, as part of its efforts to optimize the COVID-19 response, health authorities said on Thursday amid Omicron BA.5 subvariant-dominated outbreaks in at least 20 Chinese provinces and regions.


Observers viewed it as a positive signal to adjust its anti-epidemic measures in a more science-based way so as to fit the changing epidemic situation. "One-size-fits-all" measures in some regions that have led to "adding additional barriers to anti-virus policies" will be further scrapped to reach a better balance among epidemic control, maintaining people's lives and economic growth, they believed.



"We will continue to collect and study new problems and difficulties that locals are facing in dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks in following the ninth COVID-19 prevention playbook, such as whether the quarantine period can be further shortened and low-risk areas can be more precisely classified so as to further update and improve the anti-epidemic measures to minimize the impact of the epidemic prevention and control measures on China's economic and social development and people's lives," Wang Liping, a research fellow at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), said during a Thursday press briefing.
 
Neither BA.4 nor BA.5 show any big difference from other subvariants in terms of incubation periods. But data proves that most infected cases with BA.4 or BA.5 are prone to infect others within three days after a positive test, which means it is possible to shorten the quarantine period to three days at a minimum.

Another reasonable adjustment that Wang noted on Thursday is that mass nucleic acid testing can exclude people living in regions that have clear transmission origins and clear chains, with no cases of community spread. Mass testing only covers regions of COVID-19 risks. 

On June 28, China cut the period in centralized quarantine of international arrivals and close contacts of COVID-19 patients from 14 days to seven days, and it drew a clear standard on what constitutes medium- and high-risk areas in its latest updated COVID-19 prevention playbook. 


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Chinese academician Zhang Boli said that the severe disease rate during this round of the epidemic caused by BA.5 is very low - about one out of nearly 2,000 - which could be explained by the enhanced herd immunity following mass vaccination.   

  



Source:globaltimes

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