China on Tuesday condemned contemporary Covid take a look at necessities by round a dozen international locations on passengers travelling overseas from its territory, warning it may take “countermeasures” in response.
The USA, Canada, France and Japan are amongst numerous international locations that now require travellers from China to indicate a detrimental Covid take a look at earlier than arrival, because the nation faces a surge in circumstances.
“Some international locations have taken entry restrictions focusing on solely Chinese language travellers,” international ministry spokesperson Mao Ning instructed a daily briefing.
“This lacks scientific foundation and a few practices are unacceptable,” she added, warning China may “take countermeasures primarily based on the precept of reciprocity”.
China is seeing a steep rise in infections after years of harsh zero-Covid restrictions have been abruptly loosened final month with little warning or preparation, and hospitals and crematoriums have been rapidly overwhelmed.
In late December, Beijing stated inbound travellers would now not be required to quarantine, sending many Chinese language folks speeding to plan long-awaited journeys overseas.
International locations have cited China’s lack of transparency round an infection knowledge and the chance of recent variants rising as causes to limit travellers.
China recorded solely 22 Covid deaths since December, after dramatically narrowing the factors for classifying such deaths.
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