China working on plan to end circuit breaker mechanism for flights; may soon shorten Covid quarantine for overseas arrivals – reports

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China is working on a plan to end a system that banned individual flights for bringing in passengers infected with the COVID-19 virus, Bloomberg News reported on Friday, citing sources.

The State Council, which oversees China’s bureaucracy, recently asked government agencies including the civil aviation regulator to prepare for ending the so-called circuit-breaker mechanism, said the report.

The circuit-breaker system temporarily bans airlines from specific routes into China for one-to-two weeks, depending on how many Covid-positive passengers they bring into the country. 

Separately, Reuters reported on Friday that China may soon shorten COVID-19 quarantine requirements for inbound travellers from the current 10 days to seven or eight days.

Under the new rule, arrivals would need to spend five days in a quarantine facility and a further two or three days at home, according to the report, compared with the current requirement of seven days in a facility, and a further three days under home monitoring.