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China relaxes Covid rules to allow use of public transport without testing after series of protests

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China relaxes Covid rules to allow use of public transport without testing after series of protests

  • China began easing Covid restrictions following anti-lockdown protests
  • Testing requirements eased in Beijing as public transport opens
  • In Shenzhen, pharmacies and parks no longer require negative test results

China has started easing Covid restrictions in cities across the country following widespread anti-lockdown protests.

Testing requirements have been relaxed in Beijing, where commuters can use public transport without testing for the virus for the first time in months.

In the southern city of Shenzhen, pharmacies, parks and tourist attractions no longer require negative test results upon entry.

China has started easing Covid restrictions in cities across the country following widespread anti-lockdown protests

Shanghai will introduce these rules today.

But a negative Covid result is still required to enter malls, which have gradually reopened.

China is still following a strict zero-Covid policy, aiming to isolate every infected person, three years after the virus first emerged.

Testing requirements have been relaxed in Beijing, where commuters can use public transport without a virus test for the first time in months

Testing requirements have been relaxed in Beijing, where commuters can use public transport without a virus test for the first time in months

Anti-lockdown protests have erupted in recent weeks in Shanghai and other cities, with protesters calling for Xi Jinping’s resignation as president.

The unrest was sparked last month by a fire at a high-rise building in the western region of Xinjiang that killed ten people.

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