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COVID-19: China introduces nucleic acid test

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Imposes stricter travel restrictions

SOUTH China’s Guangdong Province will be  requiring railway passengers leaving the province to present negative nucleic acid test reports, starting from today as it mulls imposing stricter travel restrictions after more COVID-19 cases were reported in several cities.

  Guangdong yesterday registered four locally-transmitted cases, three of which were in Guangzhou, and one in Shenzhen.

  According to statement released by the Chinese authourity, railway passengers in Guangzhou and Foshan are required to show negative nucleic acid test reports within 48 hours, shortening the time gap from 72 hours, while passengers from other cities in Guangdong need to show reports within 72 hours, if they want to leave the province.

  Source says, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport requires all passengers to show negative nucleic acid test reports within 72 hours before boarding (excluding transit passengers) as provincial railway group  announced the policy comes into effect from today.

  Shenzhen Longgang district yesterday reported a newly confirmed case of COVID-19 after the patient had previously tested negative eleven times.

  Passengers who hold Guangzhou or Foshan ID cards or who have traveled to the two cities within the last 14 days must provide a 48-hour nucleic acid test negative report, if they want to leave from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport.

  Starting from 10:00 am tomorrow, those entering and exiting through the Zhuhai-Macao port are also required to hold a negative nucleic acid test from within 48 hours, a change from the previous seven-day policy.

  It will be recalled that the cities of Guangzhou, Foshan began citywide nucleic acid testing from Saturday.

  The city of Zhongshan also began to test residents free of charge from Sunday to Thursday to block the transmission chain and prevent the import of the epidemic, while Shenzhen also started nucleic acid testing for Futian district on Sunday.

  Guangzhou has reopened online bookings for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines, which had been suspended temporarily due to citywide nucleic acid testing arrangements.

  The city’s center for disease control and prevention said that starting from Sunday, residents in low-risk areas who have not been subjected to close management can now make an appointment online for a second dose if they have already been given the first shot 21 days before.

  People who have visited medium- or high-risk areas after May 20, or who have experienced fever and coughs, must present a negative nucleic acid test results not less than 24 hours if they hope  to book a time slot vaccination.

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